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Thread: Show off your Large Format camera!

  1. #4101

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Unkefer View Post
    Hmm this one looks sorta like mine. Earlier Normas had the locking clamps on the focus knob, later on they eliminated that.
    I’ve always wondered about that. I have some Norma standards with the focus locks and some without. I like having them there and was wondering if they could be retrofitted to standards without the lock.

    A completely left field Norma question—has anyone seen grey Normas? My 5x7 standard and aux standard are grey, not tan.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    My 5x7 Norma was green.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by rfesk View Post
    My 5x7 Norma was green.

    interesting. Most of my pieces are tan (well..I'm very colorblind, so they might be green...) But these two pieces are battleship grey, and smooth, not with the crinkly texture of the other pieces.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Green like the Toyo VX? That would be cool! Or, more like a British racing green? Love this on something like an old Jag. or MGA, even an older 911 - but on a camera I'm not so sure...hmmm

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    I now paint for visibility

    Not camouflage
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    I have a few lensboards here and there that are definately flat grey. Original Norma finish is like a "Hammerloid" or wrinkle grey-greenish color. I have found for touching up and patching up nasty holes are tears in boards and around, Latex Benjamin Moore paint, I took a Norma board into the store, and they zapped it. Depending on how you view the equipment this "body work" in entirely acceptable and ugly defects largely disappear.

    I bought my first 8x10 Norma from a friend who was the area prominent fashion photographer. After I paid he told me that he completely repainted the Norma Rear Standard, no big deal because he was a professional painter. It must have been completely trashed and ugly but this one looks like new. He went into the store, they zapped something Norma Green, and mixed up oil-based paint, which you can't get anymore around here. He let the oil paint nearly dry, then went over it with a dry brush, and it was convincing.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    My guess is the grey pieces are special use pieces for some other industrial/scientific use. The pieces came from someone formerly employeed at Sandia National Labratories (the place where they designed and built the rest of the atomic bombs, i.e. the parts without plutonium.) I like the grey, and if I could, I'd love the whole camera to be grey.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Sounds like you have a few British classics in your garage

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Green like the Toyo VX? That would be cool! Or, more like a British racing green? Love this on something like an old Jag. or MGA, even an older 911 - but on a camera I'm not so sure...hmmm

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    No...just a German classic (a humble 944) - in a color called "Maraschino Red:"

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    After looking for a few years, I lucked into this beauty - A Blair English Compact in the 8x10 size. Plenty of brass and beautiful mahogany and so light compared with a few other 8x10 models I have shot with.

    Blair English Compact large format by rrunnertexas, on Flickr

    Blair English Compact large format by rrunnertexas, on Flickr

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