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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Even though I shoot LF I am not much of a high flyer these days. Before I jump into an international commitment, I have to know what the details are. I need this fix, but cannot commit without knowing what is involved.
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    As said before, no commitment is necessary.

    I just need this camera to tell about details.
    From private discussion with the camera owner there seem to be some other relevant details.
    Concerning the dimensions of new parts, how many space is given between back lens cell and camera body.
    What's about focusing movements, are they involved, do they give trouble.
    If there is less space, does simply copying the parts give enough rigidity.

    In other words, which alternatives are given to improve the broken parts.

    I'll let you know.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Hi folks,

    My camera is now in Ritchie's hands in Germany. I sent him my TW hoping he might come up with a good solution for all of us. While initially it seemed like an imperfect solution to send my camera overseas, since I am able to distribute replacement parts over here cheaply I hope it will work out to benefit us all.
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Bryan, thanks for shipping your camera.

    The TW herself looks and feels fine, but I immediatley understood the grande malheur in Drew's photo case.

    The given place for screwing anything is nearly zero, the parts must break some day for sure.

    My initially thoughts about improving couldn't be realised without drilling the camera body, but we can't drill everybodys TW.

    I probably have to work with this tiny nuts instead, which seem to be melted into the inner side of the body , and I have to find a solution to get half a millimeter plus.
    Really, it's a thing of half to one millimeters here.
    I have another "first" idea, but instead of telling tales I want to try out first.

    From today's night I am on a short trip to Hamburg, so Monday should be a good day to start with some measurements and with first lathe works.

    Best,
    Ritchie

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    I also broke the collar on my travelwide - helicord too stiff no matter what the weather.
    I stuck on a Mamiya (127mm) helicord from a Polaroid 600SE camera and then added a Fujinon-w 125mm lens.
    The helicord fitted very well and it was glued on permanently with epoxy.
    Focus and depth of field is close enough for my purposes.
    The glue needs to be sanded down and made a little tidier but otherwise a very usable camera.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Sorry,
    I have been offline for some days because of telephone trouble ( broken over-the- land-wire) following the last storm here.
    Now I switched to a wireless www-system.
    After cleaning my ground from fallen trees I can continue the project.

    Ritchie

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    Update on SK Grimes quote?
    After more than three months, and radio silence for over a month, SK Grimes ultimately returned my Camera, no charge, no parts, no fix.
    They said there was no cost effective way to fix it.
    VERY disappointed.
    Sad that such a small plastic ring is causing such despair.
    Anybody have any other suggestions for a replacement 4x5 apparatus that is this lightweight, easy to use, and cost effective?
    Probably not.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Read the last few posts and hang tight.
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Quote Originally Posted by evites View Post
    After more than three months, and radio silence for over a month, SK Grimes ultimately returned my Camera, no charge, no parts, no fix.
    They said there was no cost effective way to fix it.
    VERY disappointed.
    Sad that such a small plastic ring is causing such despair.
    Anybody have any other suggestions for a replacement 4x5 apparatus that is this lightweight, easy to use, and cost effective?
    Probably not.
    If your camera had been “cost effective” it, and all the others, wouldn’t have this defect. You would have to look for a properly designed and engineered model to find a cost effective one.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    If your camera had been “cost effective” it, and all the others, wouldn’t have this defect. You would have to look for a properly designed and engineered model to find a cost effective one.
    I have to agree. I was an enthusiastic supporter of the 'makers' and went to their factory for early distribution.

    As soon as I got it, I disassembled the biggest flaw. I realized many would break, if not ALL over time.

    So I am very gentle with mine and use a very lightweight lens, Wollensak WA 3-1/2" f6.8 in Rapax.

    I don't use it a lot, but just now it was the only camera I could reach without getting out of my chair.

    Few Travelwide will survive decades. It was the cheapest new 4X5. So we bought it.

    I doubt any would break if solely used as a pinhole camera.

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