By Kevin Leland
Are you into Film Camera Collecting?
The Sinar Alpina camera is a bellows camera; it is a great buy. Most all of the accessories of other Sinar cameras fit the Alpina, with the exception of the rail. The Sinar Alpina camera uses a lower rail than the other Sinar cameras.
This is a very durable camera and could last your entire lifetime and beyond; and very affordable at about $750. As seen on ebay:
This camera has often used professionally for photo studio work. As compared to other cameras of similar quality, the Sinar Alpina is inexpensive and the parts are also more affordable.
The camera is a bit bulky, but it is not that heavy. It may be a little difficult to use this camera on short focal length due to its 18 inch primary rail.
This problem can be resolved having a professional machinist cut the primary down a few inches and adding a slide and an extension rail to bridge the mount. This is about a one hour modification that a small machine shop would do for less than $100.00
This camera was very popular with photography students in the 1970s. For an old-time-type camera, it is still quite popular among hobbyists and camera collectors.