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The Plaubel Makina 67 is a strut-folding 120 film rangefinder camera, 6 x 7 format, released in 1978, after the German firm had been bought in 1975 by the Japanese Kimio Doi Group. The body was redesigned by Konica on the basis of a German pre-production model. It resembles the older German Makinas. Until 1981 the camera was produced by Copal, the famous shutter company and then by Mamiya.

The Plaubel Makina 67 is a late model for a 120 film camera. It has a very good rangefinder with parallax correction, an ingenious coupled light meter system and a reputed Nikkor lens.

Size (mm): 162 x 120 x 56
Weight: 1360 g
Lens: Nikkor 2.8/80, closest focus 1 m
Shutter: Copal, B, 1 - 1/500, F 2.8 - 22
Finder: coupled rangefinder
Film advance: automatic, lever

Here are some photos of the camera. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it feels at the bottom of the page.

Camera front, folded. Top: film advance, rangefinder window, viewfinder window. 
Bottom: opening button.

Seen from the back. Top: Viewer, film advance and little light meter button.

Seen from the bottom.
Tripod socket.

Seen from above. Top of the body: film counter, multi-function unit, from the center: shutter button, depth-of-the-field scale, focusing ring and film advance lever .

Camera extended. Aperture and speed setting at the front of the lens.

Left side. Camera back opening button, flash connection, film speed setting.

Right side. Battery compartment (2x G13)

Film chamber. Note the little red buttons that liberate the pegs.

As somebody asked for it: the rangefinder image. It is difficult to photograph, but it gives an idea. There are bright framelines, which move according to the distance (parallax correction). (The short lines pre-indicate the margines in case of 1m.) It has a bright square spot for the double image. The diodes for exposure metering will appear in the black area to the right.

Handling a
Plaubel Makina 67 is easy, it's like other folding cameras. Loading film is very easy as well because of the little red buttons that liberate the pegs. Open the camera back and put the film roll into place. Same procedure for the take-up spool. Insert the film paper backing into the spool and advance it using the lever until the start arrow meets the indication marks . Close the camera back. Advance the film via the advance lever, it stops automatically and the film counter will show "1".

Press the camera opening button on the front and extend the struts. Look through the finder and set the focus. Set speed/aperture with the help of the metering system. If it's o.k. press the shutter button. That's it. Advance the film to the next picture. Press the opening button again and collapse the struts.

Plaubel Makina 67 is a very nice, quite heavy camera, easy to use. It still fits into a large coat pocket, but did I already mention that it's heavy? Handling is fluid and logic. The lens gives wonderful results, the metering system is reliable. It's a nice advance to older folders. I like it a lot.

Plaubel Makina 671360162 x 120 x 56CAuto Lever,DEPNikkor 2.8/80 | 1 Copal, B 1 - 1/500 | 226 x 7 Format, CLM