This fantastic camera is for sale now:
An extraordinary clean and well maintained Plaubel 69W ProShift Superwide for 6×9 cm super wide angle photography.
I am convinced this is one of the most complete ProShifts you can get, except that maybe a collector will have one in his cabinet.
Overall condition of the camera is very good, cosmetic condition is near mint. Some paint had been slightly rubbed off at the edges. For several times it had been serviced from Plaubel in Germany. The lens is like new, no scratches, no fungus, no fog (cleaned by Plaubel 2 years ago), the rise/fall is running smooth as silk, the front standard lock had been adjusted by Plaubel and is not worn out (if you will see a 69W with a lock lever that points to the side or downward, the thread is pretty much worn out). The film compartment is absolutely clean, the film guides/rails in a perfect condition, the pressure plate without scratches and a perfect tension. Both bubble levels are like new and functioning flawlessly. On request I’ll include the last invoice from Plaubel for the CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust).
What is in the package:
- The Plaubel 69W ProShift Superwide with the fantastic Schneider Super-Angulon 5.6/47mm Multicoated, the original Plaubel/Schneider center filter II, the adapter rings AR I and AR II
- A Heliopan circular pol filter with markers on the edge
- The original manual
- The original ‘overhead’ adapter to rise and shift the camera in the opposite directions
- My exposure tables printed on cards, specifically for the Plaubel 69W
- The original and rare large leather case
- A second viewfinder (very rare item!) with a leather pouch and zipper as a spare part or for the pocket, so you don’t have to pull out the camera every time to check the scene
- The original red cable release (fully functional)
- A black bent cable release with lock, custom made for the Plaubel 69W
- The mounted Manfrotto tripod head adapter plate 200PL14
- One soft pouch and one hard box for the Heliopan filter
- A metal lens cap for ultimate protection of the filter and lens
- The original sales brochure in a first class condition! (see part of it in the next article)
What can you do with this camera?
- narrow streets
- stair cases
- and much more…
What is the advantage of the Plaubel 69W?
If you need a large format with lots of real estate, setting up this camera is considerably faster than setting up a 4″x5″ or a 6×9 view camera. Though many voices on the net criticize the uncoupled viewfinder, it does have an advantage: it follows exactly the rise and shift movements of the front standart plate. The scale focussing is simple: There are detents at 2 and 5 meter. Setting the distance to 5 meter and stopping down to f=22 will give you a depth of field from a tad over 1 meter to infinity without facing diffraction. There is absolutely no barrel or pin cushion distortion, and with the rise function you can eliminate the keystone effect, that means all vertical lines will remain vertical. All you need to do is to level the camera on the tripod. However, you can even use the Plaubel 69W hand held if the light conditions are good enough for short exposure times.
See some sample shots at the end of the article below.
Why am I selling this marvel?
I am going to sell all my 35 mm and 6×9 equipment, because I want to ‘upgrade’ to a 5″x7″ system. So check back the next weeks to see two mind boggling Contax G2 systems (one with the famous ZEISS Hologon 8.0/16mm), a very complete Nikon 35 mm system, a Nikon Coolscan LS 5000 ED for 35 mm, as well as two beautiful Fuji 6×9 rangefinder cameras (GW 690 III and GSW 690 III). Maybe I’ll even sell my Arca Swiss, but this decision has not yet been made.
Plaubel Germany still services this camera. You can reach them at
60388 Frankfurt am Main
Office Hours (times shown GMT +1)
Monday – Thursday: 09:00 − 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00
Friday: 09:00 − 12:00 and 13:00 − 15:00
If you are interested, please contact me by clicking the ‘contact‘ link in the menu (Please do not use the comment function!). Asking price is 3.900 Euro plus shipping, handling, insurance.
Please note that I will not tear apart this beautiful and unique set, so please don’t inquire for the center filter, adapter rings or the second viewfinder as a single item!
I will ship worldwide, payment via paypal or bank transfer. Insurance on request – buyer pays the insurance and is responsible for the customs fee in his country (No customs or tax in Europe).
The bridge, aspect ratio 3:2, shot with tripod, no rise, with center filter
The building in the center (1:1 or 100% crop)
The building at the right hand side (1:1 or 100% crop)
The building at the left hand side (1:1 or 100% crop). The red strip on top of the wall is not CA, it is the ‘tejo’, the rim of the orange colored roof shingles.
image cropped to aspect ratio 2:1, shot with tripod, rise (shift up), center filter
aspect ratio 3:2, shot with a tripod and rise (shift up), center filter
aspect ratio 3:2, shot with a tripod, center filter, no shift
aspect ratio 3:2, shot with tripod, center filter, no shift
Cover of the original Plaubel sales brochure
One page of the original Plaubel sales brochure