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rcdurston
24-Nov-2013, 09:31
I've had my Pacemaker with a top mount rangefinder for a few years now but always used the GG. I'm looking to have a cam made for my 152mm Komura and have the rangefinder r&r'ed so I can start doing more handheld styled images.
Does anyone know anybody who could do the work in the UK?

thanks
Rob

smithdoor
24-Nov-2013, 11:08
Try http://www.graflex.org/helpboard/
They info on making cams

Dave

rcdurston
24-Nov-2013, 11:20
I'd love to have the time to make one, I read up on them but I also need it all checked over anyhow since it seems like there might be a part or two missing from the mechanism itself.
Thanks though
Rob

smithdoor
24-Nov-2013, 11:40
Try this site
http://www.butkus.org/chinon/graflex.htm

Dave

rcdurston
24-Nov-2013, 13:12
Thanks Dave
but I'm looking for someone to make a cam and do some work on my Pacemaker, I'm not looking to do it myself, I'm just a dumb photographer.

Rob

smithdoor
24-Nov-2013, 14:00
If you here I could help more
You find the Crown in a great camera I have had my crown since new 1973 I use the cam that Graphic install.
I have use Ken.com for lens , board and Focusing Scales. I never change the cam I just use the focusing scales.

Try your local paper they use this type of camera and may know how work press cameras

Dave

rcdurston
24-Nov-2013, 14:16
Thanks Dave
Been shooting professionally for almost 30 years now and have a pretty good understanding of the entire Graflex camera line (I've owned a few in the past as well).
I don't think there is a soul left in any newspaper who even knows how to load a 35mm let alone a Graflex :O
I'm guessing you meant KEH not KEN for the boards and stuff.
I'm looking for someone like SK Grimes but in the UK
thanks again
rob

AtlantaTerry
24-Nov-2013, 14:19
Try your local paper they use this type of camera and may know how work press cameras.

Dave

:) :) :) :)

Dave,

That is the funniest thing I have read here since I joined this forum!

I SERIOUSLY doubt if any local newspaper still uses a Crown/Speed Graphic. Most of those of us who did have died or retired.

As a matter of fact, I may be one of the few working editorial photographers who used (and still uses) all the technology - from 4x5 to 2 to 35mm to DSLR cameras.

smithdoor
24-Nov-2013, 14:29
Going for a long shot.
FYI I did think of need to using the words [ in the past]

Dave


:) :) :) :)

Dave,

That is the funniest thing I have read here since I joined this forum!

I SERIOUSLY doubt if any local newspaper still uses a Crown/Speed Graphic. Most of those of us who did have died or retired.

As a matter of fact, I may be one of the few working editorial photographers who used (and still uses) all the technology - from 4x5 to 2 to 35mm to DSLR cameras.

Colin Robertson
24-Nov-2013, 14:40
Rob, ask over on
www.fadu.co.uk
It's full of film shooters, and someone there might know a repairman. There is the UK large format forum, but good luck get a straight answer to anything there.

rcdurston
24-Nov-2013, 14:43
Thanks Colin, I'll give them a try.
Rob

EdSawyer
24-Nov-2013, 22:45
Another option wuld be switch to a kalart equipped pacemaker, as it can be dialed in exactly to nearly any lens in a range of lengths, no cam necessary.

IanG
25-Nov-2013, 02:23
It's highly unlikely you'll find a company here in the UK which has the experience of making a cam for you. Very few Pacemaker Graphics were sold in the UK because of severe import restrictions after WWII, instead Graflex and MPP collaborated in making the MPP Micro Press (a Speed Graphic in a clestion speaker case). The Crown Graphics couldn't compete with the vastly superior MPP Micro Technical cameras in the UK. In addition British newspapers moved to smaller formats much earlier than their counter-parts in the US.

The only company worth trying would be Newton Ellis in Liverpool. (http://www.newtonellis.com). They should be able to clean and re-calibrate the range-finder but ideally you need a cam first.

Place a wanted advert here maybe.

Ian

smithdoor
25-Nov-2013, 07:40
I know this maybe a long shot try this list
see also http://www.graflex.org/speed-graphic/where-to-get.html#repair
This is on how to make one http://www.graflex.org/articles/cave.html
You may need to ship to the US for repair
Try this first http://www.midwestcamera.com/classic.html

Dave

Fred Lustig
4790 Caughlin Pkwy #433
Reno, NV 89509
phone (775) 746-0111 (Pacific time zone, daytime only)

View Camera Magazine
1-800-365-7827

SK Grimes excellent job on lenses, etc.
See also Parts and Books.
Good parts sources are Midwest Photo Exchange, Stephen Shuart, and your local photo swap meet.
Jay Allen also offers Graflex repair and restoration in Indianapolis, Indiana.
John Craig Manuals
Manuals4less.com Manuals

This list is from http://www.graflex.org/speed-graphic/top-rangefinder-cams.html
Graflex Pacemaker Speed and Crown Graphic Top Rangefinder Cams
P# Focal Length (mm)
23 86
14 88
15 89.7
16 91.7
51 93
28 98
29 100
30 101.5
53 103
92 104
87 105.7
57 107
86 111.3
90 116
91 117.4
2 125
3 127
4 128.5
31 132
5 133.5
6 135
7 136.4
32 138.7
33 140.4
35 144
38 148.9
8 150.3
9 152
10 153
11 159.5
12 161
13 162
78 164
63 165
60 166.8
50 171
88 177.8
74 179
62 180.5
41 182
76 183
49 185.5
58 189
42 7.5 inch
56 190.5 (Why P42 and P56 exist separately is an unsolved mystery!)
42 192
25 201.8
26 203
27 204.7
80 208
44 209.5
85 211
65 216
55 217
40 219
79 222.5
72 232.9
45 245
46 248.7
17 252
18 254
19 256
84 258
94 262.3
77 264.5
61 266.7
73 269
71 271
68 273.4
52 275.7
75 278
82 290
54 292.4
69 294.8
70 299.8
81 309.8
47 315
43 317.5
67 342
59 345
48 358
83 362.4
66 365.4
39 366.8
20 377.8
21 381
22 384.1
64 390.5

Sirenn
16-Jan-2014, 15:28
I had bought a Microcord TLR in Warwick in 2011, which needed repairs - The dealer that sold it to me knew a man that used to repair cameras in the UK Midlands. He was already retired, but he pointed me towards a man in Newcastle, and you might contact him to ask if he could help you.

Mind you, he does camera repair as a hobby, so he won't charge you too much for it, but I'm not sure if he still does it and if he's still at the same place with the same phone number.

His name is Derek Calder
0191 2595422

Xpres
17-Jan-2014, 02:43
Srb Griturn may do it for you, or I know an aeronautical engineer who may be able to make one. I need to get some extension posts made so need to have a word soon.

arca andy
25-Oct-2014, 07:37
I know this is an old thread but I've only just seen it..... Try Sendeans http://www.sendeancameras.co.uk/ in London...not used them myself but when ever I pass their shop there seems to be a number of techs bent over old bits of cameras!