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    8x10" SLR Graflex

    Just out of curiosity: Has anyone ever seen an 8x10" SLR Graflex? In my recently aquired catalogue of Graflex cameras, one of their first SLR's is listed as 8x10".

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    Nope, but I sure do want one.

    I got two 5x7 SLR Graflex that I'm reconditioning.

    Let us know if there are any pictures of the beast. Probably rarer than Big Foot.
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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    Is your catalog the 1904 edition? Many years ago I sponsored the reprinting of this catalog. One of the main reasons I did so was that it was full of cameras I never had seen.

    I doubt that there were many 8" X 10's made, and I fear that most of those were probably discarded after shutter failure, Keep looking, though.

    Incidentally, Folmer & Schwing was one of the makers (Newman & Guardia was another) who advertised that they would accept special orders for whatever you needed. There may be some really "rare" items out there.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    Graflex would indeed build about anything you wanted. I have run across a reference to a whole plate Speed Graphic, too, though I've never seen one. No one else has either, to my knowledge. An 8X10 Graflex SLR would be an awesome thing to behold.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    I haven't got the real catalogue, but the book by Richard. P. Paine, wherein he lists all the Graflex cameras he has found evidence of. On page 10 there is a picture (well, it's a gravure ...) of the Graflex Camera from 1901, which was available in 4x5, 5x7, 6 1/2x8 1/2 and 8x10. It yields shutter speeds from 1/10 to 1/1200 second. The 8x10 must be somwhere, and I'm determined to find it. Yes, I will find it. I will set out one morning after breakfast, on my unicycle, and I will not rest nor have tea until I have found it. Pity there's very little chance of finding one in Norway.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    If anyone has seen one, I'd suspect it's been at Lens and Repro in New York.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    Can you imagine the price it would fetch? Maybe that Nabor camera museum guy had one? I should ask the Eastman House guy...

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    If anyone wants to send me their mailing address, I'll send them a copy of the catalog page. My email address is ernestpurdum@aol.com.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    Last year there was an 8x10 shutter for sale on feebay, allegedly from a graflex.

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    Re: 8x10" SLR Graflex

    I remember seeing that very curtain on the 'bay and my belief is that it is from an 8x10" focal plane shutter for use on an 8x10" view camera, like a Kodak 2D. I know for sure that these units exist because I almost bought one one eBay a couple years back. Now I wish I had one for me Century 10A studio camera.

    God, I would love an 8x10" SLR.

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