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Thread: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

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    DirkFletcher
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    4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    Here is a new 4x5 wide camera I finished built from a Cambo standard, lens board and GG back. The camera uses a zone focusing 65mm f/8 Super Angulon in a focusing helical and has a rotating 4x5 Cambo Graflock/Universal back. The camera has two permanently mounted Arca Swiss plates, one on the bottom and a larger 150mm plate on the side that doubles as a hand grip and a vertical tripod mounting location. A removable Russian (Russar) 20mm finder is used and mounted with enough room to allow the back to rotate.

    The camera is quite similar to a Sinar Handy, Linhof Technar or Burke & James Orbitar only more affordable than the Sinar or Linhof and much more attractive than the B&J!
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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    Excellent work Dirk!

    I pasted a hyperfocal chart to the back of my homemade Norma Handy, that's all I need.

    I have owned the Russar 20mm finder, it's actually quite excellent.

    You will have some fun with this one.

    Ashton Pond Norma Handy HRU Mic-X by Nokton48, on Flickr

    Here's one I shot last Summer on some Fuji HRU XRay film 65mm F8 Super Angulon with Center Filter and YG 103 Sinar Yellow Glass Disk
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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    Very nice....

    Very long time ago (1970s) constructed a similar camera but with a 47mm Super Angulon. Seller (ad in the original newspaper grade Shutterbug) claimed that the lens covered 4x5... eventually came to find out that the 47/5.6 SA only covered 123 mm :-(. Back then was "buyer beware" and returns a pipe dream.

    About 10 years ago made a similar 4x5 camera using a Sinar auxiliary standard with a Sinar shutter and a 28mm PC Nikkor mounted on a Sinar lens board. Image produced was an approximately 3.5" circular image. By complete chance, the lens focused as indicated on the focus ring, boy was I lucky. You have encouraged me to reconstruct that same "camera" configuration again and shoot some more WA circular images with it...

    thanks

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    DirkFletcher
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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    That sounds fantastic. I remember reading an article somewhere awhile back by a guy who set a Canon 17mm t/s in a Copal 3 and was getting about a 6x8 transparency! I might have to Google around a bit and see if I can find it again.
    Dirk

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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    I’ve seen your Handy, it’s quite nice! I’d love to find a 43mm finder like you did as it should be a near perfect match in both angle of view and ratio. It’s $$$ though!
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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    Dirk that's genius...the back directly to the standard - the grip incorporating one of the two lens plates. Question: is an extra tool needed to switch out those lens plates?

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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    nope, thats why the standard has been rotated so the slider thingy is on the film load side and not on top. I bought a parts 4x5 camera and built two similar cameras. The second one is a bit different but quite similar, I'll post that one shortly when it is done as well.

    Dirk

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    M.A. Wikstrom
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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    I did something very similar with a 75mm lens. Use it for 4x5, 6x12, and 6x7. At 6x7 it's almost a normal focal length, so instead of changing lenses I change formats.

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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    That’s so cool, never thought of it that way but super clever!

    Dirk

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    Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    I’m curious about the helical and would like info on;
    Where obtained, diameter of opening, how is it attached to the camera and how is the lens attached?
    Would be grateful for any information, thanks

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