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    Wink Kalart or else rangefinder for Crown

    Hi crowd!

    I've had that Crown Graphic for a while, and always used it on a tripod. It does have the holes for a rangefinder, so I figured I could add one.

    But where could I find one? It does seem to require other bits to function...

    I am a bit lost, could anyone help?


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    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    S.W. Wyoming

    Re: Kalart or else rangefinder for Crown

    Finding a good one will be a hard thing to do. I take it this is the side mounted model you're looking for? If it's a post 1955 model that had the top mounted rangfinder, I'd forget it. Made by Graflex, I consider them to be a poorly designed troublesome piece of junk. The side mounted Kalarts were a very good piece. But, like I said, finding a good one with a good beam splitter could be a chore. Graflex also used a Hugo Meyer rangefinder. That's anoter one to cross off your list. They were made to pretty closely match a lens of a given focal length. Not adjustable for others and scarce. The Kalart is basically two items - the rangefinder itself, and the operating arm. You may want to contact Fred Lustig in Reno, NV. He has the remaining stock of new Graflex parts and is a top notch servieman. Search for Fred's phone number. Daytime business hours calls only, please. Good luck.

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    Re: Kalart or else rangefinder for Crown

    Thanks a lot Glenn.

    Indeed this is the side model I am looking for!

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    Aug 2006
    Chillicothe Missouri USA

    Re: Kalart or else rangefinder for Crown

    I used a Hugo Meyer rangefinder years ago and was satisfied. Most adjustments were external with graduated scales to facilitate calibration.

    The cost and bother of adding a rangefinder may be more than the cost of another body with functional rangefinder.

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    Wondervu, Colorado

    Re: Kalart or else rangefinder for Crown

    I've got one if you are still looking.

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