How does a FOKOS fit ?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by tony_brookes|5, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. Can one one of you really knowledgeable types kindly tell me whether the FOKOS rangefinder comes with a foot attached or is it a separate item. I want to fit one to a Standard. Is this a case rather like a Mooly where the motor can be obtained but the lever is usually missing?
     
  2. The FOKOS name is applied to more than one Leitz short base
    rangefinder (excluding here the FOKUS model made for Speed
    Graphic). The pre-war type is the version you need to look for, as
    it was designed with the standard in mind. This type, which is
    available in black or chrome has a pillar which fits into a special
    shoe, and can be swivelled out of the way when changing
    shutter speeds. Denis Laney, in his "Collectors Guide" says the
    pillar fits into "a special clip supplied with the standard". The big
    Hasbroeck volume merely notes the swivelling shoe but gives
    no more details as to whether it was supplied with the camera or
    with the FOKOS itself.

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    There is also a later post-war version of the SBR with no pillar,
    and which is designed to be mounted vertically on the Ic, If, and
    Ig models for which it was intended.

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    Hope this is of some help.
     
  3. Tim..
    Thank you indeed for a very clear explanation. Fortunately I have the
    clip, so I need to find either a complete pre-war FOKOS or simply one
    without its clip but which is for a standard.
     
  4. I was given an old 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 Graphic which has a Leica
    rangefinder on it. This model of rangefinder has a smooth
    round pilar on it which slips into a fitting screwed onto the
    camera.

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    I've always wondered how this model differs from those used on
    Leica cameras, if indeed it does differ. Apparently this is is a
    FOKUS vs. a FOKOS? Any further comments on my rangefinder
    will certainly be appreciated.
     
  5. Tom,
    According to Hasbroeck there is no difference between
    rangefinders made by Leitz for the Leica and those they
    produced for many different other cameras.

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    In order to avoid the problems of recalibrating due to the
    differences, these other models were engraved with a plus sign
    and number to indicate the distance that had to be added to
    obtain a correct reading.

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    I've taken a keener interest in these items since buying a black
    FOFER long base model to fix to my 0-serie repro. :eek:)
     

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