In 2002 on a road trip to South Carolina, I stopped off in Fayetteville, NC, to visit the Airborne Museum and took this photograph of this enormous rangefinder camera. It has been viewed over 2100 times in my photostream on flickr.com. Curious what attracts views.
“its a Graflex Combat Graphic – made for the US armed forces and took 70mm film.”
Combat Graflex sometimes referred to as a Combat 70 or Gulliver’s Contax. Designed by Zeiss Ikon’s Hubert Nerwin. Resembles a Contax II on steroids. Madfe between 1953 and 1957 and used by the US ARMY SIGNAL CORP up to and including the early years of the Viet Nam War.
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Airborne Museum, Fayetteville, NC from a trip south in 2002
This is an excellent museum. lots of info and displays including a section the First Special Service Force “The Devil’s Brigade” see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade
This Camera is sometimes nicknamed a Texas Leica. It is a very large rangefinder camera, taking 70mm film.
See this: http://www.digoliardi.net/ks6/
Some features: wind-up spring driven motor drive, finder shifts for different lenses. A film cutter so you can change films anywhere in the roll. Shutter release is on the back by the right thumb. Field finder accomodates three lenses (rotates 180 degrees for the wide frame), the flash accomdates both Edison and M type bulbs (a socket for each. See the pics.) Has a big switch by the film speed dial to set the proper flash delay for FP bulbs. Tripd mount on bottom and one side. Uses the universal 70mm cassette common to Hasselblad and others. And more.
Film for them, double-sprocket 70mm, is getting very hard to come by. Very expensive.
It was surprisingly quiet, too.