beast is a big one, it is Mentor Klapp for plate size 13x18 cm. As
typical the shutter curtain is dried and some of the wooden panels
especially in the lens standard has small hair cracks in it though the
cracks are not thru the panel... only on the surface.
of cracking in a certain way seems to be dependent on the wood of type
of treatment as not all do this, but it is more consistent problem with
Oveall the engineering and the finish
quality is really good. I haven't still decided if I will make this a
user again or not, but I wish someone would make cameras like this now.
the huge filmsize in a very lightweight package and easy to fold away
design with relatively good ergonomics... this would be a dream... plus
some movements for the lens.
Behind this link is more about the manufacturer Mentor
located in Dresden Germany. In the pictures below you can see the
type of solid rigid struts used by Mentor in it's cameras. If comparing
these struts to the other types used I would say that these are among
the most rigid, foolproof and easiest to use ones. The bellows are
unofortunately of the more simple type that has a tendency to
deteriorate in the seams and folds... but surpisingly often still is
lightproof. Enjoy the pics.