View Full Version : Basic Field Camera Setup - Tachihara

Roger Rouch
12-Jun-2000, 20:50
I am getting familiar with my new Tachihara and would like to ask what might see m to be the obvious, but want to make sure I'm not missing something. After open ing zeroing the front standard I will then need to use the two "toggle" style lo cks to free and slide the front standard to accomodate the bollows extension to the lens focal length. On my old Graphic, this was somewhat simple using the in finity stops. To date I've approximated "infinity" for my lens and then used th e ground glass for finer tuning.

Is it a common practice to mark infinity stops on the focus rail to expedite thi ngs or is another method for this? Also, it would seem that it is fairly easy t o not have the from standard parallel to the film plane. There is some room for play one side to the other. I have eye-balled this from the top of the camera to adjust it parallel to the camera body. Again, are there any common tricks ex pedite this using markings or is the eye-ball technique as good as anything.

Hopefully I've described this well enough for some advice. Thanks. Roger

12-Jun-2000, 22:49
Roger, mark it on a piece of masking tape on the side of the rail, to avoid marring the beautiful wood.

David Grandy
13-Jun-2000, 10:12
I'm going to approach your question in a funny way, but I think that it may make some sense.

You know that it takes 210 mm of bellows extension to focus a 210 lens at infinity. If my arithmatic (and trusty calculator) is correct that's roughly 8 1/4 inches. In Canada we have been using the metric system for about 20 years and a lot of it I've "gotten". For example, 20 degrees is a nice temperature for a spring day. And as another example I understand how long it takes to drive 30 km on the highway.

For some things I just have no idea what the "English" measurement would be. My friends ran track and I "know" 100 meter times. I have no idea of 100 yard times. The four minute mile I know, but have no idea of the 1500 meter times. In photography does anyone know (not translate) how long in inches a 28 mm lens would be? Oi!!

But some things I still have to translate metric to English and that includes millemeters. So that's your (and my) problem. With a 210 lens you just don't know how long 210 mm is. If you translate it to 8 1/4 inches then you can eyeball your bellows extension and be fairly accurate. "Lets see I'll rack this out to about 8 inches and have a look."

I need to have a metric ruler and just look at it until,"Oh that's six cm" becomes natural.

Trevor Crone
13-Jun-2000, 16:10
Roger I too use the eyeball technique on my Ebony field camera. It does have ind ents but these are not as positive as the Horseman technical camera I had previo usly where everything on the front standard clicked positively into place. After using front swings/shifts I return all to neutral using the indents then m ake the final adjustment of the front standard by sight. The only markings that I have made is on the front standard where I use rising/falling front. I simply made black dots with a permenant black felt pen every 10mm from the neutral poin t. Regards, Trevor.

14-Jun-2000, 16:09
Using a 150mm lens on my Tachihara,, I have the back standard slid forward to its full extent with the front standard at the forward end of the focus rail. Focussing is now easier for infinity and infinity stops are not needed.