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  1. Thread: graflex

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    Re: graflex

    I handle a lot of Speeds, and I have yet to see one that didn't need the FP shutter serviced on arrival. They usually sound like a blender full of rocks...they didn't sound like that when they were...
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    Re: What to use to clean bellows?

    Lexol and an old toothbrush will usually get the crud all out. Wipe the excess off with a soft cotton rag. Done many (many) bellows this way, and they come out looking great. There are other much...
  3. Re: You haven't really worked on a Graphic until...

    Sorry to hear about your accidental "initiation" into the Graflex Repair Club... Yes, it's definitely repairable. From what I've seen, some cameras have all balls in the RF tube, some have balls...
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    Re: Determining age of Crown Graphic

    Yep...you can get pretty close (close enough) with the list of available serial numbers...
  5. Re: My amazing Craigslist Speed Graphic find (sorry, pic heavy)

    Correct...they left the factory with the block of wood as a filler to keep the battery door in place. You don't see them very often though, as they got tossed when people put batteries in them. ...
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    Re: Graflok back on Anniversary Speed

    I think the Graflok was introduced in 1950 on the Pacemaker as an option (Graphic was standard, Graflex was an option), but apparently it's a drop on fit for the Anni...
  7. Re: My amazing Craigslist Speed Graphic find (sorry, pic heavy)

    Nice! That's probably the cleanest top mount Speed I've seen in a while. I have three of them, but none are as nice as that. With the Graphic rangefinder, it was made in 1955 or later (IIRC...
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    Re: Speed Graphic with 30cm Heliar

    If the camera has a regular spring back, the bag mags won't work on it (they fit a Graflex back). The Grafmatic works a lot better on a Graflok back, but you can usually squeeze them under a spring...
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    Re: starting again...

    What's your budget? Used 4x5 monorails can be found for next to nothing... You can get something like a CC400 with a lens for $150 or under if you're patient. If you mix your own chemistry, you...
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    Re: R.B Tele Graflex 4x5

    Graflex RBs of all different flavors are all over ebay...if you're patient you can find a deal on the model you want. Unless you can find one that's being sold by someone who knows what they're...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    I've considered it before...send me a PM if you have something in mind.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    I used it for portraits...sort of a poor mans Aero Ektar. The big limit with this lens is the bellows draw on the Speed...I can't remember exactly how close you can focus, but you'll max it out...
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Actually just sold this one, but it was a beautiful camera... Late '40s Speed Graphic with the 15" Tele-Optar on it. Even had the correct veiwfinder mask :).
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    Re: Replacement of the Graflok Back

    About the only thing that can go wrong with a Graflok is getting dirt and corrosion in the springs, which can happen if a camera is stored for a long period of time. The back castings are made from...
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    Re: How expensive is 8x10?

    X2 on the X-Ray film...I think I paid $30 for 100 sheets a couple years ago. You can get a camera cheap if you haunt ebay...the trick is just being persistent. You have to search...and search...and...
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    Re: Graflex Grafmatic repair

    If you search around enough, I know there's a service manual PDF available for the Grafmatic...maybe at soutbristolviews...
  17. Re: does anyone know how to clean the rust off a lens chuck?

    Google "electrolytic rust removal"...all you need is an automotive type battery charger and some washing soda. I've used it when restoring my Teletype model 15...works great! I usually dry metal...
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    Re: newb flash questions

    X2. Get a PC sync cord and set the shutter to X. There's a lot of handle mount flashes that you can get pretty cheap that will give you the same feel as a Graflite or a Heiland (if not the same...
  19. Re: You haven't really worked on a Graphic until...

    Glad to hear I'm not alone lol. I have an old bench I set up for tinkering with camera stuff...on the work surface I have a white sheet of poster board. I've found it makes it easier to find small...
  20. Re: Shutter release cable for 1947 Crown Graphic 4X5 with 127/4.5 lens

    When the cable is clean and the plunger adjusted the release seems to work pretty slick. The cables tend to get crud in the spring sheath thing and they start to stick...which is probably why a lot...
  21. You haven't really worked on a Graphic until...

    You watch helplessly as the little balls and spacers from the rangefinder tube go rolling off your work bench :mad:. I even took the cam out to take any pressure off them (insert eyeroll here). ...
  22. Re: Shutter Speeds - Representations in For Sale Ads

    I've tested...I don't know, probably at least a few dozen leaf shutters with my shutter speed tester. Top speeds even in a good working shutter are often pretty optimistic. A lot of the stuff from...
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    Re: 4 x 5 film holders ABCs

    Most of my 4x5 holders are old kind of beat up Riteways. They work fine, and I probably paid about $5 a piece for them over the years. Some of the fancier ones will be a little easier to...
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    Re: Where do all the Graflex backs go?

    Step down backs would make sense. I have a Graflex in 4x5 that apparently had a Graphic back installed many years ago...I always kind of wondered how big of a job that was. Slotted film holders are...
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    Re: Where do all the Graflex backs go?

    I'm thinking of the entire back, screws and all...although you do see quite a few missing the focusing panel. Seems like a lot are also missing the fresnel for some reason...I know some left the...
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    Where do all the Graflex backs go?

    Hey guys,
    This may be a dumb question, and everybody knows the answer but I'm curious--ebay is always full of Graflex Speed and Crown Graphics missing the backs (and often the lenses). It looks...
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    Re: Crazy film pricing on "the" auction site...

    I used to buy a ton of expired film on ebay, but yea...the prices are just crazy now. The only cheap expired film I've found in the last year or so is 35mm drug store branded color print film or...
  28. Re: Was there a sign for you that you weren't (or were) a LF photographer?

    The sign that it was for me: I tried it and it was fun.
    The sign that it won't be for me: When it ceases to be fun.

    I shoot some of everything, and it's all got it's place. I like the results...
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    Re: Ebay extends refund period for buyers

    I'll take your word for it...I searched ebay help before, and they said it's up to you to decide if you want to do returns or not. If they open a paypal case for "not as described", there's probably...
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    Re: Ebay extends refund period for buyers

    I used to frequent the Goodwill site a lot...pretty sure most of them don't take returns and specifically state that it's untested and sold as-is. I've gotten a couple of good deals there, but the...
  31. Re: Advice Needed - Developing TRI-X 4x5 film exposed long ago !

    15 years isn't too bad...you might find they respond well to just normal development. I've shot b&W film that was a lot older than that and it developed just fine.
    I also had a roll of film that...
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    Re: Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Thanks for all the great input guys! I looked at the old dryer I have, and it should be pretty easy to remove the canvas and clean it (it's pretty ugly). I'll take some tosser test prints and put...
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n259/toolbox007/4x5%20Large%20Format/3-16-11%20Lake%20Como%20Crown%20Graphic/IMG_0024.jpg

    This is one of a series of landscapes I shot last year on my 4x5 CG. I...
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    Anyone still use old print dryers?

    Hey guys,
    Just curious if anyone out there still uses old electric print dryers? I've got one of the two-sided ones, but I still need to clean it up before I think about trying to use it. I'm also...
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    Re: Post your Pixies! :)

    Somebody always has to be the turd in the punchbowl LOL.
    I just read through this entire thread...nice work! The execution is first rate, and a wonderful departure from the usual subjects. Thanks...
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    Re: 97% mint lens (glass parts missing) for $199!

    The seller has to check a box if they want the question and reply included in the auction...it's not included by default any more.
  37. Re: KEH gives low lowball offer on my Gitzo GT5561SGT

    I have a small ebay business dealing in camera gear (mostly old 35mm but a little medium and large format). I pretty much never use listings over 30 days, as it removes the time pressure for a...
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    Re: Lens for oddball Graflex RB....

    Thanks for the input guys! I've been thinking about it, and I think I've figured out how to make a sort of interchangeable lens system... I think I can probably secure some studs in the existing...
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    Lens for oddball Graflex RB....

    Hey guys,
    I've got a heavily modified Tele-Graflex RB in 4x5, and I'm trying to decide on what to use for a lens... Here's the camera:
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  40. Thread: Efke question

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    Re: Efke question

    Agree with the others...sounds like the anti-halation dye. I always pre-soak for five minutes before developing so my developer doesn't end up full of it. The dye probably doesn't hurt anything,...
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