|Kind of Steampunk and Beautiful, But What am I?|
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Now that we have that over with, lets look at some of the fine details of this machine. For anyone that is curious, this photo session was done with the Canon 60D outfitted with the unworldly good Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro lens.
|Confused Identity 1 on the Leather Strap|
|Confused Identity 2 Screwed on Side of Case|
|Confused Identity 3 below Lens Assembly. This is the tension lock for the rail focal length adjustment.|
|Normal focal length extension.|
|Full height and full length extension. The bellows are amazingly supple for its age.|
|This is the standard viewfinder and bubble level. The level is a nice detail. The height adjustment screw is on the right.|
|About this hump: this is an aftermarket roll film adapter. I miss having the original plate holder, but this actually makes the camera a bit more functional. I wonder what brand name would have been on the back?|
|The adapter includes a simple knife gate to expose the film.|
For basic research on vintage cameras, my favorite spot is http://camera-wiki.org
The complicated story of the Donata name is explained in part at http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Donata
The closest make and model I could find good information on is the Zeiss Ikon Ideal 225. For a phenomenal writeup and photos on this beautiful camera, follow the link...
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