Plaubel Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 400VC

After months of mostly being involved with digital cameras, I have started shooting film again in regular basis. During the past week the Plaubel Makina 67 has emerged once again as my favorite all around camera. The Makina can easily fit in a small bag when folded and that makes it the ultimate medium format travel camera. Add a small digital camera like the X100, the Sony NEX or the Leica M8 and you get a great travel combo.
The 80mm lens of the Plaubel (40mm equivalent) is great for most kinds of images, the f2.8 fast aperture gives you the ability for available light photography and fantastic portraits. And or course the internal light meter makes me work fast without the need for my Sekonic.

When I purchased the Makina 67, the light meter was not working. This is the most common problem of this model where the folding mechanism stresses the light meter cables until its out of order. Repairing this camera was expensive (Plaubel itself still repairs these cameras in Germany), but it was worth it. The camera came back in mint condition and has operated flawlessly since then.

The 6×7 negative is fantastic and allows for great size prints. Also the tonality and colors of film are a joy to view. The Kodak 400VC allows for handled use of a 6×7 camera and has great contrast and saturation, also has a great latitude, it’s a pity that Kodak decided to discontinue it (I will scan tonight images from the new Portra 400 which has replaced both VC and NC versions, so I will have a chance to see how it looks compared to the VC version).

Enough with words here are the images, all taken with the Plaubel Makina 67 and Kodak Portra 400VC.

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4 Responses to Plaubel Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 400VC

  1. Rune says:

    Hi, and thanks for the post. I’m considering buying a plaubel with same light meter issue. How much did you pay to get it fixed?

    Best rune

    • kbesios says:

      I sent I to to Plaubel (Germany), they still fix these cameras.
      Their site is http://www.plaubel.com

      I had mine mine fully restored and repaired, so its a actually like brand new, the cost was about 400 euros (pretty expensive). Probably they would change less for the light meter only, you can send them an email.

      In USA there is Nippon Photo Clinic (New York), I have read in forums they have fixed Plaubel cameras.

      You can shoot of course without the meter, but I don’t like carrying an external camera with a portable camera like the Makina.

      Things to take attention on a used Plaubel is bellows (lightproof) and the rewind lever which must feel smooth when operated.

      If you buy it, some advice based on my experience. Be gentle when folding/unfolding the lens and very careful when advancing film (don’t snap the lever). Its a wonderful camera, very portable and the Nikkor is a great lens.

      • Rune says:

        Thank’s so much for your advise. I will see if I can get it for the right price, so I can sent it for a make-up session at Plaubel. I’ll sent you a link to some pics, if I end up buying it 🙂

        • kbesios says:

          Good luck on purchasing the camera (and I forgot to mention the most important thing, the rangefinder mechanis, to be able to get precise focus at large apertures !!)

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