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Rick Oleson
03-14-2018
08:37 PM ET (US)
Hi!  Even though it doesn't get a lot of traffic it's still active - we get pinged with emails when a post arrives. Like a number of other American cameras of the era, the Clarus was a complex design executed by people who didn't have a lot of experience with the kind of task they were trying to accomplish.  Compared to the similar and just slightly earlier Perfex series, the Clarus suffered from development delays and difficulties that prevented its introduction before WWII (it was initially announced in 1939, about contemporary with the slightly more advanced Perfex 44).  Perfex had teething troubles too in 1939 but solved the worst of these just a year later with the introduction of their Model 55, while the Clarus had not yet arrived at dealers.  Then the war came, and it was 1946 before the Clarus actually launched ..... and still had the kind of problems that might have been resolved over that much time even if it had only been pursued as a spare-time project around the edges of war work.  By the time they had it working reasonably well the design was a full decade old, and in those days things didn't age gracefully enough for that.  To top off that plus its damaged reputation, when it did launch it was right into a recession that was causing problems for the whole photo industry. But like other dark clouds, that leaves us with an unusual, fairly uncommon, attractive and affordable collectible camera that can be made to work well enough if you start with a decent example.  And, as mentioned, the Wollensak lenses are pretty good. :)=
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dtdinaro
03-12-2018
08:57 PM ET (US)
Clarus, was a great sleek design, the lenses are very good quality I tested on a adapter on full frame Sony A7r digital. I often suspected that, rangefinder collimation and shutter problems hurt sales.

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-------- Original message --------From: QT - Donald Lampert <qtopic-22-tjSp7wdBxN3SD@quicktopic.com> Date: 3/12/18 8:18 PM (GMT-05:00) To: QT topic subscribers <qtopic-subs@quicktopic.com> Subject: Clarus Camera Forum
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Donald LampertPerson was signed in when posted
03-12-2018
08:18 PM ET (US)
Hi, New to this forum......but have been bitten by the Clarus bug! Besides having been made in Minneapolis, where I lived for many years, I think they are one of the visually most beautiful cameras ever......inspite of their faults! I now have 5 Clarus, with a few more on the way. Looks like there hasn't been much activity here for a while, but hopefully we can keep something going!
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dtdinaro
09-04-2017
07:18 AM ET (US)
actually the proofed version is at the printers....
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Michael Cleveland
09-03-2017
11:54 PM ET (US)
He was talking about doing a digital version, which could be updated easily. It would also be impractical to list every model ever made, especially if that's holding up publication. Under those conditions, it would never get published at all.
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dtdinaro
09-01-2017
01:51 PM ET (US)
Jim was feeling well the last time i talked to him. I was working with him for a while, because there were so many missing models and variations. The problem with the internet is that it exposes new rare models every day! Regards, Don
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Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
09-01-2017
12:12 PM ET (US)
I've been wondering about this too. I haven't heard a word for perhaps 6 months or more now. I'd also like to know what's happening.
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luvantique@aol.com
08-31-2017
11:59 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know the status of the new McKeown's? Supposed to have been published last year, but the site still shows the survey and 2016 projected date. Looking forward to acquiring the new edition, in whatever form.
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dtdinaro
08-31-2017
07:08 PM ET (US)
The tapers, that  wrap around the roller drum is disconnected. Normal fault for this camera.

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-------- Original message --------From: QT - dan c <qtopic-22-tjSp7wdBxN3SD@quicktopic.com> Date: 8/31/17 3:14 PM (GMT-05:00) To: QT topic subscribers <qtopic-subs@quicktopic.com> Subject: Clarus Camera Forum
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dan c
08-31-2017
03:14 PM ET (US)
Any advice on what to look for on a Clarus 135 with shutter that doesn't work?
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dtdinaro
01-08-2017
05:20 PM ET (US)
Depends on shutter and rangefinder working well.  Try to have it checked out.....Don

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