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 Plaubel's two Peco Junior view cameras supplemented the product line-up of larger, heavier and more expensive Plaubel studio view cameras.  They were introduced at the 1958 and 1960 Photokina trade shows in Germany and are no longer manufactured.

Peco Junior 6.5x9cm / 2-1/4"x3-1/4"Edit

This medium-format view camera is a monorail design which can be used with adapters for plates, sheet film, 120 roll film (6.5 x 9cm, 6 x 6cm, and 4.5 x 6cm -- or,  2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4", and 1-3/4" x 2-1/4"), and 35mm.  The flat optical bench monorail is 25cm long (ca. 10") and has rack teeth for geared focusing, as well as a tripod socket. The front standard has rise/fall and side shifts but no swing movements.  The lens boards are a quick-change design. The rear standard has swings and tilts, and a spirit level. Separate backs are required for metric and US film holders. Both standards have an accessory shoe on top. Focusing is by ground-glass, shielded with a collapsible hood. The standard pleated leather bellows extends to 25cm (ca. 10") and is interchangeable with an optional wide-angle bag bellows. The all-metal (no wood) camera weighs only 1.5 kg (3-1/4 lbs)  without lens and shutter.  The US price in 1964, less lens,  was $160.00 at Thomas Instrument Co. in NYC,  plus $15.00 for the wide-angle bellows.

Peco Junior 9x12cm / 4"x5"Edit

This full-size view camera is a monorail design which can be used with adapters for either 9 x 12 cm or 4" x 5" plates, sheet film,  and,  for medium formats 6x9cm or 6x6cm (2-1/4" x 3-1/4 or 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"), 120 roll film.  The flat optical bench monorail is 32cm long (ca. 12-1/2")  and has rack teeth for geared focusing, as well as a tripod socket.  The front standard has rise/fall, side shifts, and swing movements, and is topped by an accessory shoe for a compendium as well as a finder.  The lens boards measure 12 cm (ca. 4-11/16")  square and are a quick-change design.  The rear standard has swings and tilts on its optical axis, horizontal and tilt spirit levels, and an accessory shoe.  Separate  backs are required for metric and US film holders.  Focusing is by ground glass.  A wire frame is provided to support the focusing cloth.  The standard pleated leather bellows extends to 320mm (ca. 12-1/2") and is interchangeable with an optional wide-angle bag bellows.  Because both standards can be swung until parallel with the monorail, and because the bellows can be disconnected at either end and collapsed onto the standard,  this Peco Junior view camera can be conveniently folded flat and carried in an attache case or briefcase.  The all-metal (no wood) camera weighs about 2.5 kg (ca. 5-1/2 lbs).  The US price in 1964, less lens, was $239.50 at Thomas Instrument Co. in NYC,  plus $25.00 for the wide-angle bellows.

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