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    Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Has anybody tried marrying a Sinar shutter to a field camera and lived to tell about it? Could somebody give me the specific dimensions of a Sinar shutter and its weight? Are these things reliable? I know they're expensive. You know where this is going...

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Around 6x7inches, with a 3inch diameter opening.
    Weight, around 550 grams.
    Speeds: 8sec to 1/60th., very reliable.
    There are older models without the side aperture scale mechanism. = less weight.

    It's possible to front mount, but depends on your camera and lens combination.

    Sidney

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Here are some snapshots of the shutter. One side attaches to the front of the bellows, while the other side attaches to the rear of the front standard. The shutter does not hold the lens board. It is the front standard, which holds the lens board. When you swing and tilt the front standard, the shutter, which is attached to the front standard, swings and tilts along with it. It is always parallel to the front standard.


    The bellows snap into this female side.



    This male side snaps into the rear of the front standard


    My measurements are in inches, and I presume that the camera is made according to Metric measures, but these will give you the basic idea.

    The male portion is a square of around 5.4 inches, and the female is a square of around 5.5 inches.

    As you can see, there are ridges which act as baffles.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 16-Mar-2018 at 06:52.

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Sidney, merci, and Ken thank you for the images. A Packard would offer a larger shutter opening, but at the expense of exposure control. Oy.

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    I was *very* tempted to do this to facilitate barrel lenses on a field camera, but when I saw the cost of the shutter and the work involved I realised I was better off investing in a shuttered lens and avoid the 'bargain barrels'.

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    The field camera that shutter will fit on is called a ' Sinar-F '.

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Will,
    what kind of lens would you wish to shutter mount, and what is the format of your field camera?

    Sidney

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    The field camera that shutter will fit on is called a ' Sinar-F '.
    I'm not sure if a Sinar F can be called a 'field camera'.
    To my knowledge, field cameras are 'foldings', etc. ...

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    Re: Sinar Shutter on Field Camera

    I paid $600 for my used Sinar P, including Sinar case and an additional extension rail. That was less than what one can pay for a new wooden field camera.

    Even when you add the cost of a (used) Sinar shutter, it's still much less than I paid for a new Arca Swiss Discovery - a lovely camera, but lacking some of the geared and yaw-free movements, and also needing an extension rail to accommodate lenses longer than 210mm.

    I just got a 360mm APO Nikkor for a terrific price, from another member of this forum. Mounting that lens in a shutter (if it can be done) would cost as much as the price of the Sinar shutter. Instead, I only needed a Technika board for it to sit on.

    The Sinar shutter has allowed me to explore some lenses that I would have never considered. For example, I got a coated 190mm Bausch and Lomb Tessar lens, in barrel, for free. 190mm ? Funny length. It's now on a Technika board. It's an excellent lens, with superb blur and a round diaphragm that has more blades than I can count. On eBay, I got a 250mm coated Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar, in barrel, for a very good price. I put it on a Sinar board, and it's my favorite lens for portraits.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 17-Sep-2008 at 16:03.

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