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  1. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    That's true. I have one of their holders. It's a thing of beauty, as well as a delight to use.
  2. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    Bernice is right. The optimal solution is a Chamonix board. This thread was never meant to be a criticism of Chamonix's service or products. Both are exemplary.

    The other solutions, sub-optimal...
  3. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. I'll report back in a little while when I have calipers (and file) in hand.
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    Another excellent suggestion. It never occurred to me that Luland might alter the thickness to suit. I've ordered calipers and will presumably have a better idea of how much my boards are off in a...
  5. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    I did wonder about that, in the beginning. (The 45-N2 I have is as you describe.) I just didn't want to introduce a problem in the other, outward direction, as the screws can't be that long. Maybe a...
  6. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    That brings up something mentioned in the original thread. Tolerances may vary between cameras.

    My Luland boards don't allow the tabs to fully descend (not even under force). This is why my lens...
  7. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    It was Hugo who brought attention to the problem back in 2008 (see thread referenced above).

    My camera was manufactured in 2021. So there's been no change in tolerances.

    And it's true...
  8. Re: Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    I have to assume the answer to the question is no. And, of course, a week ago a lens and lens board did fall off the camera because the tabs weren't fully closed.

    The remedy seems to be twofold:...
  9. Adjusting tabs to hold lens board on Chamonix 45 N-2

    Is there a way to make the tabs on the front standard of a Chamonix 45 N-2 a little more accommodating? They barely grip the (non-Chamonix) lens boards I have. As thin as they are, they're not thin...
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    Re: Munewca Cameras

    Happy new (western) year, Jackson TB. Just wondering whether you have had a chance to get more experience with your Munewca 8 x10.
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    Re: Munewca Cameras

    Thanks for taking the time to put together a very thorough summary. The company appears to be virtually unknown here. Which is odd, considering what they offer.

    I, for one, would be interested in...
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    Munewca Cameras

    Anyone have any experience with Munewca cameras? Or information about them?

    The website (munewca.com) has an intriguing video, on what appears to be an 8x10 (or larger) and the classifieds here...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    There's no fool like an old fool, and this one is almost a year older. The answer was there all along: the thumb screw next to the stub was preventing the back from turning; I simply had to lower it....
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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    That I wouldn't know. Does this help?

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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    Yes, I believe so. Don't know how practical that would be, as the dolly has minimal clearance. But it is possible.
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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    The Bogen 3156 dolly arrived today from B&H. Works like a charm. Thanks to all who contributed to this thread.
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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    Ha! Ingenious. You should patent that.
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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    Greg and Randy:

    The Linhof dolly looks like a pretty serious rig. As does the tripod, for that matter. Sudden onset gear envy all round. I would love to have something that secure.

    There are a...
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    Re: Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    I went with the Manfrotto 181 that Tim provided the link to. It was used and therefore $100 or so less than it would have been new. I'm pretty sure it will be sturdy enough. Thanks to all who...
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    Tripod dollies for larger tripods

    My back is telling me I need a tripod dolly, for indoor use. I have a Manfrotto 075 tripod. The dollies I've been looking at don't seem substantial enough.

    Any recommendations?
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Thanks, Chris and Willie, for your comments.

    From the state of the bellows, I'd say it was more displayed than used by the original owner, if not stored away in the dark. But it's getting plenty...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Still not getting anywhere with the revolving back, but I thought I'd post these, if only for Merg's sake.

    I reversed the standards; it was much simpler to do than I expected. It does look...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Thanks, Merg. If this thread has taught me anything at all, it's that I don't know enough about my own camera. Reversing the standards is on my list of things to do.
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Thanks, Chris -- and thanks to all who've contributed to this thread so far; you've been very helpful.

    The threads on mine are generally okay. The stub/plunger perhaps just didn't get enough use...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Bingo, indeed, Yes, that does help a lot, in that we now know the principle that should be at work. And I do have such a thumbscrew. It was in the box, but I didn't know what it was for. So the...
  26. Re: Unpacking another cardboard box from China

    Thanks. Very impressive overall. I hope you'll post some of the photos you've taken with it.
  27. Re: Unpacking another cardboard box from China

    Well worth bragging about. What's the lens?
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Yes, I did. No luck there, either. Doesn't move.
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    The one with the muscular handle is, I think, the first version. Mine is like the one in the photo you put on your website, Merg, with the silver handle. I focus by moving the front standard only....
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Hi, Merg. Thanks for joining in. You're right, although, from what I can gather by looking at various images on Google, this position is fairly common. Is there an advantage either way?

    Mine is...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    Hm, no. The handle is on the left side. There is some (audible, i.e., squeaky) sign of movement when I attempt to turn the screw CCW, but the back resists all the same. I see nothing on top to...
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    Re: Brand 17 question

    There is such a screw, but on mine it's at the bottom, as illustrated. Should I turn it CW, CCW or ...?

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    Brand 17 question

    The Brand 17 has a rotating back. I haven't been able to figure out how to rotate it (from landscape to portrait). There doesn't seem to be a detent. But it won't move. Although it wiggles a little,...
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    Re: Brand 17 question re focusing knobs

    In fact, there you are in the photo on your website posing with one. How long did you use it?
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    Re: Brand 17 question re focusing knobs

    I agree. It is a wonderful camera, quirks and all. Thanks for the tip about the knob in the centre.
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    Re: Brand 17 question re focusing knobs

    Answered my own question with a little closer examination: they act in tandem. The stiffness was entirely due to the two collars on the rails themselves, which I'd never thought to adjust.

    Still...
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    Brand 17 question re focusing knobs

    Could anyone familiar with this camera tell me whether the focusing knobs are of the kind that work together to move the front standard back and forth ... or of the kind that work in such way that...
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    Re: Newbie lens board question

    Interesting list. Oddly enough, the hole size, despite the heading, is given in inches twice. But 41.6 mm = 1.638 in. So I guess I'll go with #1.

    Many thanks for your help.
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    Newbie lens board question

    Just bought a Fuji Fujinon W 250 mm f/6.7 lens. I'm assuming, to judge from the diameter of the retaining ring (41 point something mm), that the shutter is Copal #1. (I can't see any number, only the...
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    Re: Some Kodak 2D 8 by 10 questions

    PM sent. Thank you.
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