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    65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Hi Everybody!

    My Name is Fred and Ive been absent from this forum and photography for about 4 years. Recently my interest in photography reignited and I started to shoot 4x5 Largeformat Film almost exclusively (some 35mm and MF in the mix).

    In 2009 I build a Box around my 65mm f8 super angulon (single coated, 00 shutter) to shoot Street Photography with a fixed focus since I didn't seem to find a helical that I could afford. this thing looked like this Click image for larger version. 

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    I always loved the pictures I got out of it:Freds Flickr

    Searching around the web I took the risk and ordered a Helical Focus mount for m42 lenses. Pretty chreap those adapters and just a tad to narrow for the 65mm lens barrel (approx. 43mm) Kecay m42 focus mount

    Next I used a dremel to file the m42 threads to make room for the back barrel and cut off the m42 camera mount to flat mount the lens (using the adapter in reverse) not pictured is that I had to epoxy a ring to the front since the hole is too big for a size 00 shutter.
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    The linhof back I got from the old box camera is just perfect for such a project, and I found that the wooden boxes I bought at the local art market to practice veneering. Didn't like the veneer for my headphone amp projects so I put it away. Gladly it fits perfectly on the linhof back and the depth is perfect for infinity focus of the lens! Yay :-)
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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    This morning I finished the Camera and now Im sitting at Work waiting to get out and shoot the damn thing :-)

    Focus goes from infinity down to 0.6m, travel on the mount is almost 9mm.

    I will report back with the results of todays shooting, hope the thing is light tight.

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    Hopefully this thread is helping someone. I sure wish that I knew this adapter existed since I already disassembled two 35mm lenses for their focusmount (didn't even come closre to fitting)

    all the best,
    Fred

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Excellent!

    Great minds think alike.

    I look forward to the results.

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Very cool!!! They sure are silblings!! Which focus mount did you use?

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Quote Originally Posted by thafred View Post
    Very cool!!! They sure are silblings!! Which focus mount did you use?
    The focus helix was already attached to the lens, 47mm S-A F/5.6. It's from a Brooks Veriwide.
    I've made a few cameras from this type of lens and focus mount. Below are snapshots from
    another version with a universal back good for 4x5 and roll film holders.

    Pictures here:
    http://www.digoliardi.net/veriwide-4x5/1-front-on-1.jpg
    http://www.digoliardi.net/veriwide-4...aps_closed.jpg
    http://www.digoliardi.net/veriwide-4...-flapsopen.jpg
    http://www.digoliardi.net/veriwide-4...flaps_open.jpg

    Have good shooting session today!

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Some time ago I managed to find this lens on eBay - with focus helical mounted on a Super Graphic lens board. It even came with a focusing spacer:
    https://markus.jork.com/camera-museu...gulon-65mm-f8/

    I know from an old Graflex catalog that this was sold as a lens kit for the Super Graphic camera. Can anyone confirm that this is what I got? I'm also wondering about that link chain around the focusing spacer. Was that just the previous owner's idea for loss prevention or would this have been part of the Graflex lens kit (if that's what this is)?

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Lovely cameras. Love the graflex back
    47mm, wow, now i understand why yours is so shallow! I only ever shot 47mm with a 6x9 alpa, was basically the same as i have now with 65 on 4x5. 47mm on 4x5 must be tough to find things to Shoot!? Im always too far away from people with the 65mm. if your pictures arent good enough you aren't close enough, comes to my mind

    Shooting was very nice, evening light on Danube river, just beautiful. Now on my way home to develop two batches of Foma Sheet films. Good times!

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Quote Originally Posted by thafred View Post
    Lovely cameras. Love the graflex back
    You recognized it. It clipped directly to the Veriwide lens board. When I found that back I was planing a more difficult modification. I jumped to get it. But is it a Graflex? The back has the very same four studs that clip into the Veriwide board. Puzzle!


    I look forward to your photos of the Danube river.
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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    oh my its late.. still, I have proof that the camera works, success!!

    . by Friedrich Schiller, on Flickr

    . by Friedrich Schiller, on Flickr

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    Re: 65mm Super Angulon with DIY focus helical for 4x5

    Sooo much better than my first super-wide LF images!
    Thank you for that.
    Keepers!

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