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    Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    Looking for ideas for making temp lensboards.

    I have a variety of vintage lenses that I would like to try on a couple of my different view cameras and I don't want to make or pay for proper lensboards just yet.

    Looking for materials that you have used and if you have a link to it online, that would be even better because I live in a very remote area and have to order in just about everything.


    Thanks!

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    I use black foam core if lens isn't too heavy.


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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    1/8" masonite, hobby plywood, 1/8" styrene sheet, etc

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    Black matboard drymounted to a piece of 8 ply matboard.
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    As already suggested a few sheets of hobby aka aircraft plywood is very handy

    1/4” square basswood from the same source with good wood glue can add strength and or light traps for big lenses on big lensboards I use layers and 1/4” plywood when needed

    I bite the bullet and buy a new hole saw if needed 6” is the biggest so far

    A few boxes of tiny screws, bolts & nuts are also useful for fastening flanges

    Add Matt black paint or wide markers

    Cheap Hobby saws work better than you would think

    I really don’t like going to a store too often

    So I stock up and all that stuff

    In winter I may not leave home for a month
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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    The iris universal mount shown above was the best thing I ever got for experimenting with lenses. I still have 75% of my small lenses unmounted because a) the often came without a flange, and b) with the iris I can use then any time I want, on 2 cameras.

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    Yes, the universal mount iris looks like the real deal. Are these custom made I assume? Would love to know more about this.


    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    The iris universal mount shown above was the best thing I ever got for experimenting with lenses. I still have 75% of my small lenses unmounted because a) the often came without a flange, and b) with the iris I can use then any time I want, on 2 cameras.

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    Where can one acquire one of these beauties?

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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    They were made by several manufacturers in a range of sizes historically, and most folks buy them second (3rd, 4th, 10th) hand. Chamonix View Camera does offer a new one which may or may not fit the boards for your particular cameras. I first heard these called a "Universal Lens Mount" in the early 1980s, and have also heard them called "universal iris mount", "iris lens mount", and more recently, a "lens chuck" in casual conversation. Price can be $300 or more depending on size. I have bought and sold probably a dozen over the years and am not planning on parting with the ones I currently own. They are SUPER HANDY to have and use.
    The FS/WTB listings here on the forum are a great place to find them since Ebays search functions aren't what they once were.
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