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Linhof is a German company, founded in Munich in 1887 by Valentin Linhof. The company is well known for making premium rollfilm and large format film cameras. The company began by making camera shutters, and Linhof developed the leaf shutter, which became part of Compur. Cameras began to be produced from the end of the XIXth century.

Nikolaus Karpf, who entered the company in 1934, designed the first Technika model, the world's first all-metal folding field camera, the same year. Revised models of the Technika are still in production.

The Technika System[edit | edit source]

A key part of the Technika system are the lensboards. Special variants are available for different sizes of lens/shutter-Units as well as for different kinds of applications like with or without rangefinder.


Folding bed field cameras[edit | edit source]

6x9[edit | edit source]

See also Linhof 6x9.

  • Linhof Ur-Technika (1934)
  • Linhof Technika
  • Linhof Technika III, with or without RF
  • Linhof Technika IV
  • Linhof Super Technika IV
  • Linhof Technika 70
  • Linhof Studienkamera 70
  • Linhof Super Technika V = Super Technika 23

4x5"[edit | edit source]

  • Linhof 34 (1934-1936)
  • Linhof Technika II (1937-1943)
  • Linhof Technika Medizin (1937-1943)
  • Linhof Standard Press
  • Linhof Technika III, with or without RF
  • Linhof Technika IV
  • Linhof Super Technika IV
  • Linhof Technika V
  • Linhof Super Technika V
  • Linhof Master Technika = Master Technika Classic
  • Linhof Master Technika 2000
  • Linhof Master Technika 3000
  • Linhof Kardan

13x18[edit | edit source]

  • Linhof Technika
  • Linhof Technika III, with or without RF
  • Linhof Super Technika V

18x24[edit | edit source]

  • Linhof Präzisionskamera 18x24 (Technika) (1937-1943) only 10 peaces
  • Linhof Präzisionskamera 18x24 (Technika "Medizin" in grey) only 1 item made (pre-owner: famous german photographer Adolf Lazi and Franz Lazi)

Monorail view cameras[edit | edit source]

Rigid body[edit | edit source]

Panoramic[edit | edit source]

Linhof produces the Technorama series of panoramic rollfilm cameras, in both 6x12cm and 6x17cm guise.

6x12[edit | edit source]

  • Technorama 612PC
  • Technorama 612PC II
  • Technorama 612PC III

6x17[edit | edit source]

  • Technorama 617
  • Technorama 617S
  • Technorama 617S III

Aerial photography[edit | edit source]

  • Aero Press
  • Electric 70
  • Aerotronica 69 (6x9)
  • Aero Technika (4x5")
  • Aero Technika 45 (4x5")
  • Aero Technika 45EL (4x5")
  • Aero Technika 18x24

Photogrammetry, 4x5"[edit | edit source]

  • Metrika 45
  • Metrika 45R

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • The Linhof camera story, edited by the company

Links[edit | edit source]

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