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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    620 and 122 film spools
    FPP (Film Photography Project) sells 620 spools on Ebay.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    122 film for my Grandfather's postcard camera

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by barryjyoung View Post
    Moderators please note that I am not offering to sell anything, just gathering information about what forum members are having a tough time obtaining.
    Barry, this is OK. It's good to see you reaching out for ideas. I am going to move the thread to the "New Products" subforum; please feel free to continue the discussion.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Bellows are a problem because as you say, they are custom. I did write a book on how to create your own bellows. Flanges are custom. However, if you are set up for them they are not at all difficult or troublesome. I have made and sold many flanges. The only problem with flanges is that I need the lens shipped to me to fit the flange to it.

    I enjoy making lens flanges. As soon as my shop has power and I get everything put away from my 2200 mile move (with a machine shop and cabinetmaking shop) then I will be happy to make things for my fellow LF photographers.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    AWB has film holders. I make film holders too, but I stick with ULF and panoramic sizes.

    If you send me an example, I can make the slip on adapters. I have not even seen series VIII or larger adapters.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Is MO your new location?

    If so 3 hours from me if I still drove infernal machines
    Tin Can

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by SGD View Post
    Three words: Graflex shutter curtains (ok more than three words, specifically for SLR type Graflexes).
    The problem with anything Graflex until the late 60's is that they were all handmade, and custom. Nothing was truly manufactured. It should not be too hard to copy the original. I would love to stock these, but every Graflex SLR is pretty much unique.

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serge S View Post
    Slip-on filter adaptors & lens flanges come immediately to mind.
    Hi Serge:
    No problem, send me the sizes you need to adapt, once the lathe is going, I will be making large slip on filter adapters.
    Barry

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    You will get lots of business offering one-off custom parts like SKGrimes.
    To get to the next level, Id like to see the ability to 3D scan a broken part, fix it in software and print or CNC a new part for the customer.
    My experience is most manufacturing is unavailable to me due to minimum orders in the thousands.

    Also, if you could figure how to polish and recoat lenses at a reasonable price that would be great.
    I will not be recoating lenses.
    I will take jobs that might be usable to other photographers, like lens flanges where I can make several to put some on the shelf for someone else.
    Steve Grimes had a lot of business alright. The problem with one off custom work is that you have to charge the customer for all the costs, planning the job, sourcing the materials and cutters, building any tooling (fixtures and jigs), etc. etc. etc. rather than spreading those costs over several orders. Nobody want to pay that. That is why I want to limit jobs I take to things several people can benefit from.
    Thank you
    Barry

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    Re: What equipment is hard for you to find?

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    Minolta, Yashica, Minox, Mamiya, Steky, Kiev, Ricoh, 110, etc. empty, reloadable subminiature film cassettes.
    I am sorry, we do not do miniature camera work only LF, ULF and panoramic.
    Thank you for the request.
    Barry

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