View Full Version : New to LF - What's this bit on my camera!?

1-Jun-2011, 05:55
I've recently bought my first LF camera and been getting to grips with it. I think I understand almost everything (there's not much to get confused about), but one bit has got me stumped. I'm sure it's not important, but it's bugging me that I don't know what it is...

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As you can see from the pictures, it's a thread that comes out of the front standard with a plastic knob that screws onto it. The bolt is slightly smaller than the small type of tripod bolt.

I know this is probably a stupid question, but what is it for? Flash? Darkcloth? Something to do with the lens?

Frank Petronio
1-Jun-2011, 06:02
It's a part on seen on those older student-level Linhof monorails (which are great cameras BTW). I've never seen the accessory stud in use but I'd assume it is for attaching a lenshade contraption. You can safely ignore it... or decorate it ;-)

1-Jun-2011, 12:44
Considering the rather precarious appearance of the lensboard attachment to the camera, I'd use it to secure a lanyard to the lensboard, so that when the lensboard and lens fall of the camera they won't crash onto the hard, hard ground :eek:

1-Jun-2011, 15:32
Considering the rather precarious appearance of the lensboard attachment to the camera

Fair enough. Although it just a temporary arrangement so I can play with the lens until a cheap lensboard arrives from China. Despite being made from thin plywood, it's remarkably sturdy!

1-Jun-2011, 21:33
I have a couple lensboards in use on my 8x10 that are made from a piece of 8-ply rag board dry-mounted to a piece of 4-ply black matboard. They work fine. I made them as temp. boards several years ago, and decided to just keep using them.

Have fun with the camera!