The camera appears to have never had a rangefinder installed; there is a hole in the body to accommodate a Kalart unit, but it is covered by the original covering material. The coolest thing about a 45B is the extra focusing rack inside the body itself (look for the extra focusing knob on the right side of the body). If you drop the bed, you can use very short wide angle lenses and focus them within the body I was using a Fujinon SWD 65mm/5.6... This 45B has a fabulous, original art deco style lens board (4x4) drilled for a Copal 0 shutter. Unlike most of it's contemporaries (Speed and Crown Graphic), the Meridian has a revolving spring back a la the Linhof Technika of the day.
The film back also can be swung and tilted via the four body posts, also like the Linhof but at a fraction of the cost. The bellows is in superb condition, supple and without light leaks. If you are lucky enough to find a Meridian, it will usually be missing at least some of the covering (I've owned a number of these, so I can speak with authority); especially on the control knobs.
The 45B is the improved version of the 45A (I have one of those listed separately) which did not have the internal focusing rail. The B also has a removable focus hood panel which is probably why the fabric hood flaps are still in excellent shape.
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- Model: Meridian 45B
- Modified Item: No
- Series: Meridian
- Format: 4x5
- Color: Black
- Brand: Meridian