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    “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Found.
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    No. Which is not to say that one couldn't be made, just that you can't buy a used original issue one.

    Edit: I just saw your WTB listing. A 150 mm general purpose lens doesn't need an additional 80 mm of extension on any size of Crown Graphic. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Just having some fun with a different application. Just For the joy of making and being playful.
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Oh, dear, are you still riding that hobby horse? Make a rigid cover for the bellows.

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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Here's a suggestion that works for me. Recessed enlarger boards are available cheap on Ebay. Flip it around and you have a "top hat".
    I use brass hobby model screws to hold it all together.

    001 by Nokton48, on Flickr

    Durst IXOTUB recessed board on the right, unmarked recessed enlarger board on the left.
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Daniel, thanks — that’s a creative solution and fits my shoestring budget
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    I could easily also make a Copal 0 end plate that is removable, for easy mounting!
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    I've made top-hat lensboards out of thin plywood, you just had to make a extension box and attach it to the lensboard somehow, it's not terribly difficult.

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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    2016-07-08 06.11.52 by Nokton48, on Flickr

    Another possibility for you, are these anodized screw-together metal tubes (made in China). $20 each they are advertised on Ebay as for "Wista", but I modify mine to fit Plaubel Peco Jr. Nicely made and not too expensive, either. Come in three different lengths, your choice. I have quite a few of these, I keep reordering them as I need them. I lined this tube set with flocking paper from Edmund Scientific.

    Shown ^^: 360mm F11 Kern-Arau dialyte on Plaubel Peco Jr board (No; It's not heavy at all. A lightweight set).

    You can also see how I trimmed down the original Wista board (also $20) with my power scroll saw and attached that to the Plaubel board, again using teeny tiny modeling brass screws from the local hobby shop.
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    Re: “Top hat” lens board for Crown Graphic?

    Domaz, that fits my budget and I have a wood shop. Another creative idea! Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    I've made top-hat lensboards out of thin plywood, you just had to make a extension box and attach it to the lensboard somehow, it's not terribly difficult.
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