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    Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Hi everyone. I'm new to LF cameras, my first lens has a Synchro Compur shutter, I can't figure out how to get it to go to "view" mode. The flash selector also has a V setting which seems like it might be view, but I'm not sure how to get it to go to that mode. I'm sure it's something basic, but I don't want to break the shutter mechanism.

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    V is the self timer mode... These require a locking cable release and use the B setting...

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Ahhhh, ok, that was my hunch! Thanks!

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    V is the self timer mode... These require a locking cable release and use the B setting...Steve K
    Just to clarify, the V is definitely a self timer of about 20s, but you do not need a self locking cable release and do not necessary need to use the B setting.

    The V setting can be used at any shutter speed and can (also) be activated by hand tripping the lense's release lever

    The X and M are for electronic flash and flash bulb settings.

    The V & X can be used simultaneously as the V setting 'chooses' the X setting by default.

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    That the shutter doesn't have a "T" speed means that it is a #00. #00s don't have a blade arrester (your "view" setting).

    As has already been mentioned, use "B" with a locking cable release to focus and compose. Or buy a modern 65 mm lens in a modern shutter.

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    I have a cable release with a lock, just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something silly when it had a view setting. I've not even tried the lens yet, and just made lens board for it, I'm not buying a new one yet! :P

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    That the shutter doesn't have a "T" speed means that it is a #00. #00s don't have a blade arrester (your "view" setting).

    As has already been mentioned, use "B" with a locking cable release to focus and compose. Or buy a modern 65 mm lens in a modern shutter.

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    That the shutter doesn't have a "T" speed means that it is a #00. #00s don't have a blade arrester (your "view" setting). As has already been mentioned, use "B" with a locking cable release to focus and compose.
    I am very confused. I've a xenar f4.7, 135mm lens which has no 'T' setting but is fitted to a #0 Syncro Compur shutter. On my unit the V is definitely for self timer (delayed action) purposes. If I choose the V setting there is a circa 20s delay before the shutter fires. I view the scene at full or other aperture by using a lever [near to the VXM lever] that opens the shutter to the appropriate aperture chosen for viewing.

    Are the comments in this thread (excluding my own) peculiar to the OP's lens?

    Please clarify

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Tony, there's a few variations of the Synchro Compur #0 shutter. Not all have T and some have no Pre-view, my own 135mm f4.7 Xenar is in the last type Synchro Compur and does have a pre-view lever, looking at the front it's clockwise on the MXV settings.

    The comments here are really about the #00 Compur, actually it's the first time I've seen there was late version, it always surprised me that they never added a preview lever my 65mm f8 SA is Linhof select with the slightly cosmetic Linhof shutter.

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    Thanks Ian

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    Re: Newbie looking for help on a Synchro Compur shutter

    A piece of trivia, just for the record: "V" is short for "Vorlauf" (German for "forerun"). The "B" setting, when used in German context, is short for "beliebig" (arbitrary).

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