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Thread: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

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    I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Greetings. I purchased a Sinar F with no lens board. I'm seeking advice on what I should be looking for
    When I purchase a lens board. I have 2 large format lenses- one Nikkor 210mm with a Copal 3 shutter and a Kodak 127 f/4.5 that I purchased for a busted Crown Graphic. Any suggestions for lens board searching? Should I get a lens with shutter already mounted in a board?

    Thanks!
    Amanda in DC

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    Lightbulb Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Hi Amanda, and Welcome Aboard.

    I'm inclined to think that the F lensboards are the same as the F2 lensboards, but I can't guarantee that.

    F2 lensboards are as common as pretty leaves in the fall. You step anywhere and you'll trip over them.

    They're available with many different size holes to properly mount any shutter.
    You need to specify the shutter if ordering a board.

    Used equipment vendors like B&H Photo (www.bhphotovideo.com) in New York or
    KEH (KEH.com) in Atlanta have used lensboards available

    Also, Igor has used Sinar boards at http://igorcamera.com/sinar_film_digital.htm near the bottom.

    Note that you do not want other Sinar boards, specifically the DB boards, or those identified as
    adapter boards for Nikon F lenses. Those are very different from the standard Sinar lens boards.

    - Leigh
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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    In my experience, any Sinar board from a Norma on will fit on any Sinar camera. Horseman boards for their studio cameras also work well. Ebay has a whole bunch of generic boards, but these are not the same quality. They can be too thin, thick, shiny.....
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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    If you want to take the camera outdoors, it might pay to invest in a Sinar>Linhof Technika adapter board. This will allow you to mount lenses on the smaller Technika boards, and save space in your backpack. If the camera is intended for studio use, original Sinar or Horseman boards will work fine.

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Amanda,

    Send me a PM. I am in the Washington DC area and have a ton of Sinar gear. I probably have some lens boards that would work for you.

    -Joshua

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    In my experience, any Sinar board from a Norma on will fit on any Sinar camera. Horseman boards for their studio cameras also work well. Ebay has a whole bunch of generic boards, but these are not the same quality. They can be too thin, thick, shiny.....
    Stay away from generic boards. Once bought one that was too thick to mount on the camera.

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Ditto. Buy real Sinar boards, not generics.

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Sinar boards are very large. Kumar provided an excellent recommendation. Buy a Sinar to Technika adapter board and mount your lenses on Technika boards.

    -jeff

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Depends on the lens. I certainly prefer anything on a no.3 shutter on a full Sinar board. Otherwise, I too prefer the Sinar to Tecknika adapter system. Several outfits offer this conversion. But again, start with a real Sinar blank, not a generic board.

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    Re: I bought Sinar F with no lens board. Advice?

    Technica boards will limit shutter-lens size. Try using a Copal 3 or Ilex 5 or similar with a sizable lens on a Technica board, not gonna wok.

    Essentially, the Technica to Sinar board adapter is a trade-off and not ideal in all cases. What makes a Sinar attractive is the ability to use almost any optic far beyond any field camera.


    Bernice

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