Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16

Thread: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

  1. #11

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    9,344

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    I hate to further the Aero-Speed hipster trendiness but there is a video out there from Photo Shelter that has David Burnett showing his set up... he uses the side mounted Speed with a Aero. I believe his has a milled Aluminum support block under the lens (SK Grimes made this for the one I had).

    He had a Linhof 90-degree plastic-cased mirror finder attached to the Graflock. He said he doesn't use the rangefinder or ground glass but simply is head-down focusing, then inserting the holder and firing as quickly as possible. In another video I have seen him using a very cheap but lightweight Velbon-type $30 tripod - I suspect this only partially supports the camera but it provides a fixed point to focus from. Handholding at portrait distances means that both the subject and the photographer are slightly swaying, which makes it almost impossible to hit focus. In fact if you look at his portraits with it, most of the people are sitting, sort of like 19th-Century wet plate....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LINHOF-TECHN...ht_3412wt_1096 This is one, his was black and it would need a little surgery to fit onto a Graflex.

    I do like David's work with the Aero-Speed. That a cottage industry has sprung up around copying him should tell you something. Good luck.

  2. #12

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    El Cajon, CA
    Posts
    387

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    I tried shooting mine hand-held, but this old guy just can't hold it steady any more. It weighs nearly eleven pounds, I use a tripod.
    Michael Cienfuegos


    Non Illegetami Carborundum

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    France and Ireland
    Posts
    232

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by nonuniform View Post
    Yep, I found that site, great info.

    So, you are using the Pacemaker, FP shutter, and side rangefinder? Do you use the rangefinder to focus?
    Sometimes.
    Where possible I prefer to use a tripod an ground glass.
    I have used the RF when working on quick portraits, either handheld or monopod( better) you need a fast shutter speed to avoid camera shake though,
    Clive
    www.clive-evans.com
    West Cork-Ireland, Antibes-France

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    France and Ireland
    Posts
    232

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I don't remember what the Lommen board costs, but for $75 a local machinist made a retaining ring and cut a board to size for me. I sanded down the edges of the front standard and got the AE mounted easily enough.
    EUR 115 + shipping
    Clive
    www.clive-evans.com
    West Cork-Ireland, Antibes-France

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    156

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    It's funny, I'd never heard of David Burnett until I started looking for a longer lens for my Crown Graphic. One thing led to another and I was discovering the Aero Ektar, and then Burnett. The reason I like the lens is that it opens up to f/2.5. Otherwise, I'd slap my Schneider 180mm on a Speed Graphic and be done with it.

  6. #16
    Graflex Wayne Aho's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    73

    Re: Adding the Aero Ektar to the Speed Graphic

    The Lommen lensboard is about $170 with shipping at the current dollar euro exchange. Well worth it, it is well made, and took about 5 minutes to set up and mount to the camera. It also balances the lens in the front standard, so no extra support is needed.

    Wayne

Similar Threads

  1. Speed Graphic Focal Plane Shutter Repair
    By Fragomeni in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2010, 04:30
  2. Aero ektar 2,5 Lens and Studio Strobes, Is it Posible?
    By lambis in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2009, 10:12
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 23-Jul-2007, 07:10

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •