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    Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the forum and I recently acquired a Graflex Crown Graphic with a Linhof 150mm xenar lens.

    I was just wondering how much you all compensate by according to your meter readings on this type of camera? And also, how much attention do you pay to bellows compensation factors? I'm testing it tomorrow but don't want to waste tooo much film you see...

    Many thanks in advance!

    Catriona

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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    I was just wondering how much you all compensate by according to your meter readings on this type of camera?
    I'm not clear what you mean here. As opposed to what? As opposed to just guessing the exposure? Or guesstimating the exposure with something like the Sunny 16 rule? I rely on an accurate exposure meter.
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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Quote Originally Posted by catrionagray View Post
    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the forum and I recently acquired a Graflex Crown Graphic with a Linhof 150mm xenar lens.

    I was just wondering how much you all compensate by according to your meter readings on this type of camera? And also, how much attention do you pay to bellows compensation factors? I'm testing it tomorrow but don't want to waste tooo much film you see...

    Many thanks in advance!

    Catriona
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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Welcome.
    The type of camera you use has nothing to do with exposure; it depends on other things such as type of film used, intended processing and intended effect.
    Bellows compensation is needed when you extend your bellows past the lens' focal length, in your case, over 150mm; but even then it won't be a factor until you get to 250mm or so extension.

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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Hi Catriona, and welcome aboard.

    In the general case you do need to compensate for bellows extension as the lens moves farther from the film.

    However, in your case, the bellows isn't long enough to cause a major change in illumination at the film plane.

    If you're taking close-ups (with the bellows extended as far as it will go) you might add a half stop.
    For portraits you might add a quarter of a stop, but it really won't matter with most films.

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    Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Welcome.
    The type of camera you use has nothing to do with exposure; it depends on other things such as type of film used, intended processing and intended effect.
    Bellows compensation is needed when you extend your bellows past the lens' focal length, in your case, over 150mm; but even then it won't be a factor until you get to 250mm or so extension.
    In addition to this you adjust your exposure for what filters you put on the lens and also for reciprocity.
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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Thanks so much everyone! I had just heard that you should always overexpose by a stop or so with large format cameras. Does anyone find that to be true?

    I thought I'd shoot 3 sheets tomorrow. One bang on, one -1 and one +1. I guess then I'll get a feel for the camera.

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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Quote Originally Posted by catrionagray View Post
    Thanks so much everyone! I had just heard that you should always overexpose by a stop or so with large format cameras. Does anyone find that to be true?

    I thought I'd shoot 3 sheets tomorrow. One bang one, one -1 and one +1. I guess then I'll get a feel for the camera.
    You may, after experimentation, find it useful to expose film at other than box speed, changing the development to suit.

    Since you're a beginner, stick to rated speed and recommended developing times. Also, keep notes of all your exposures - it helps when things go in unintended directions. To start out, you want as few variables as possible.

    If you want to experiment, by all means do so - but keep notes!

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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Yup, I am a big note-taker. Was a professional printer for years but just never ventured into large format before

    Thanks!

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    Re: Exposures for Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4

    Quote Originally Posted by catrionagray View Post
    Yup, I am a big note-taker. Was a professional printer for years but just never ventured into large format before

    Thanks!
    Have you looked at the forum homepage? There's a clicker in the upper left corner of the screen, just under "What's New".
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