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    Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    Do any of the members have pictures or specifications for the Agfa Ansco Commercial View 8x10 tripod block? Iím in the midst of a restoration and would love to know how the block functioned. Thanks all!

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    I have an 8x10 Ansco Universal with the tripod block. They might be the same.

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    I have to make one, but they are not too complicated... A flat block wider than the rail bed, with strips on side with lock screws... The rail could be held in place (and slide) by using large fender washers (metal or thick nylon with spacers raised) held above block that mate with the grooves on the side of bed/rail... The block can be T nuts that are drilled to accept the tripod screws, and a wooden pad under the locking screws to clamp to the rail, but not allow lock screws from possible damage to bed/rail...

    I have all the parts for this, but trying to get some shop time somewhere to cut and assemble block...

    But it would be a no-brainer for a woodworker and fairly easy job...

    Steve K

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    The tripod block is concaved a little on both sides so when you tighten down the screws it grips tightly. I've got one taken apart I'm refinishing, I'll take measurements tomorrow night.

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    Quote Originally Posted by warpath View Post
    The tripod block is concaved a little on both sides so when you tighten down the screws it grips tightly. I've got one taken apart I'm refinishing, I'll take measurements tomorrow night.
    Thank you! I look forward to getting your measurements. A couple of iPhone photos would be a great assist as well! I will start sourcing the materials as soon as I have a better idea of the basic functionality of the block.

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    Hi, Steve: if, when you are going through your refinishing process, you could take a few cell phone photos, I would really appreciate them. I think I understand the basic functionality of the block, but am having trouble visualizing it. Best, Iain

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    I have one somewhere

    2 boards with piano hinge and an angle lock

    Mine has a fragile round socket to fit tripod
    Last edited by Tin Can; 31-May-2023 at 05:17.
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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    Are we talking about the tripod block that slides on the bottom of the camera or the platform on the old wooden tripods that hinges to angle the camera? If we're talking about the block that goes under the camera to distribute camera weight, here's photos and measurements.

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    Approximately 6.25" x 7.75". It's 5/8" thick. The concave waist portion looks to be about 7.5". The brass brackets on the side is an inch, or just a smidge over an inch. The last photo shows an assembled one vs the stripped block I'm working on.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    Thank you so much for this! This is a great help.

    Best Iain

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    Re: Agfa Ansco Tripod Block

    no prob

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