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    Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    For the newcomers in our group, this is a common question so I made a video on the basics of mounting lenses to boards.


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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Thanks for posting an instructional video.

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Great !!

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Piggybacking off of this thread because I think its relevant.

    I have my Schneider 180mm MC on a lens board I bought off ebay, I believe it's made out of plywood. Now - I don't know if this is something I did,

    but everything I move the aperture, the bottom scale has a piece of metal which scrapes, and gouges out the lens board. Once it gets past f11 or so it stops, and requires a real tug to move. Is this

    a mechanism of the board, or did I somehow put it on wrong?

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Hi Greg,

    A reasonable idea, but I think combining enlarging lenses and taking lenses in one video is a fatal flaw.

    You might re-do it, splitting it into two videos, one for each subject.

    - Leigh
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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoShrew View Post
    Piggybacking off of this thread because I think its relevant.

    I have my Schneider 180mm MC on a lens board I bought off ebay, I believe it's made out of plywood. Now - I don't know if this is something I did,

    but everything I move the aperture, the bottom scale has a piece of metal which scrapes, and gouges out the lens board. Once it gets past f11 or so it stops, and requires a real tug to move. Is this

    a mechanism of the board, or did I somehow put it on wrong?
    You want to put a thin a spacer between the back of the shutter and the board. Use a compass, mark a set of concentric circles on a piece of paper, cut and try. You may need a couple of rings to get the distance needed.

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    You want to put a thin a spacer between the back of the shutter and the board. Use a compass, mark a set of concentric circles on a piece of paper, cut and try. You may need a couple of rings to get the distance needed.
    Thank you for the reply Dan.

    Just so I understand, the spacer itself can be made out of paper? I'm assuming I would want to use a thicker type of paper then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoShrew View Post
    Thank you for the reply Dan.

    Just so I understand, the spacer itself can be made out of paper? I'm assuming I would want to use a thicker type of paper then?
    Yes, paper. I'd steal a sheet of 20# from my printer. You don't want paper that will compress much.

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Nothing personal, but my common complaint about you tube is way too much chatter. The maker's contribution should be evinced by hard tech, DIY, not personality air time.

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    Re: Mounting lenses to boards for beginners: video

    Many modern lens-shutters also have a screw on the back near the retaining ring matching a hole in the lensboard to prevent rotation. Some people discard this screw, but I drill a hole in the lensboard to accommodate this screw. What is your opinion on whether or not to use the antirotation screw?

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