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    Chiefcoastie
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    Betax #3 shutter

    Can anyone advise me if a Betax 3 shutter is small enough to be mounted on a Graflex 2x3 Speed or Century Graphic lens board? I have a feeling it can only be used on a 4x5 camera.

    Thanks in advance,
    Anthony

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    Re: Betax #3 shutter

    I have a listing showing the #3 Alphax as having a 48mm flange thread. I would expect the Betax to be the same size.

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    Re: Betax #3 shutter

    Tony,
    I have a Betax #3. It needs a 48mm mounting hole like Ernest says above. The overall shutter diameter is 75mm.

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    Re: Betax #3 shutter

    Keep in mind, they are excellent shutters, but you'll be lucky to get 1/60th as the top speed. A Compur would be a better choice for handheld work.

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    Re: Betax #3 shutter

    Betax shutters like Ilex shutter are rather large and bulky compared to German & Japanese shutter.

    Betax shutters eat cable releases for breakfast, they are voracious Being more serious they do require a good sturdy cable release as first press cocks the shutter and further pressure trips it . . . . .

    My Betax 3 would just fit but the weight would be a problem on aq 2x3 camera.

    Ian

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    Re: Betax #3 shutter

    Thanks guys for all the prompt responses. I'm new to this site but I look forward to it each time I sign in. My friends think I'm nuts for having these old cameras in this modern digital age.
    Tony

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