Posted 4 years ago
My March 1972 Koni-Omegaflex "M" is a medium format TLR made by Simmon Bros. Inc., a US camera maufacturer founded in 1935 who in 1964 partnered with Konica a Japan manufacturer. Apparently less than 2500 of these were produced between 68-75. A monster of a camera in size and weight (I have to weigh it just to satisfy my curiousity).
One may notice the original Koni grip has been replaced. I have the original in good condition but because the weight of the camera I thought it would be appropriate to mount a better grip. Well...there is no better grip out there than a Linhof Anatomical grip.
The first problem would be the price...they are not cheap. The second problem would be getting that great grip to fit properly. Eventually I found one in very worn condition but complete and cheap. An attempt to restore after great preparation proved to be successful, I think... Anyway what a beauty. The second problem was mounting the grip. Which didn't prove to be bad at all. Just had to fabricate a bracket out of 1/8" aluminium.
This purchase came from a photographer and included many accessories such as original instruction manual, all three optional viewfinders, a close-up spacer, and more. What a beast.
------------ I feel like I should explain the installation of the Linhof grip so collectors will understand no harm or alterations have been bestowed upon this camera or the grip. In other words the bracket I so carefully fabricated only attaches in the same fashion as did the original Koni handle and can be swapped at any time. So fret not my fellow collectors...