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    street photography wide angle for a Pacemaker Speed Graphic

    Hello there!

    I got a Pacemaker Speed Graphic, with a 135 f4.7 Optar.
    Now, I'm considering to dive myself into a brave project of street photography with my Speed. The question is: please suggest me a wide angle around 90mm that I can focus at infinity, possibly an f5.6 lens that I can find for say 200eu! Impossible?

    thank you so much!!

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    I'd go with a Angulon 90mm F6.8. It has just enough image circle to cover 4x5, but that is fine since you won't be using movements doing street photography. It is very small, so it will fold inside the camera. It is also inexpensive, getting one with a 200€ budget should be no problem.

    90mm F5.6 lenses are generally Biogon types, which means a huge heavy lens with massive image circle, and they are going to be over your budget.

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by engl View Post
    I'd go with a Angulon 90mm F6.8. It has just enough image circle to cover 4x5, but that is fine since you won't be using movements doing street photography. It is very small, so it will fold inside the camera. It is also inexpensive, getting one with a 200 budget should be no problem.

    90mm F5.6 lenses are generally Biogon types, which means a huge heavy lens with massive image circle, and they are going to be over your budget.

    mmm... like this? what about Copal 0 size?

    http://cgi.ebay.it/Schneider-Kreuzna...item4aa9459766

    thanx engl!

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Buy a monopod and a top viewfinder from an old folder that matches the 90mm.
    Otherwise you will fall over curbs and get your pocket picked!

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Yes that is the one. What do you mean by "what about Copal 0 size?"? The lens will need to be mounted on a board with a Copal 0 size hole, as will right about all 90mm lenses (the 90mm F4.5 Grandagon-N is Copal 1 I think).

    What rangefinder do you have on your Speed Graphic, and do you intend to use it? If you have a side mounted Kalart finder you can calibrate it to any lens. If you have a top mounted rangefinder you will need to find a matching rangefinder cam.

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by engl View Post
    Yes that is the one. What do you mean by "what about Copal 0 size?"? The lens will need to be mounted on a board with a Copal 0 size hole, as will right about all 90mm lenses (the 90mm F4.5 Grandagon-N is Copal 1 I think).

    What rangefinder do you have on your Speed Graphic, and do you intend to use it? If you have a side mounted Kalart finder you can calibrate it to any lens. If you have a top mounted rangefinder you will need to find a matching rangefinder cam.
    I mean, now I got the default optar 135mm f4.7 mounted on my peacemaker so I would have to find also the right lens board (copal 0 size) for this 90mm angulon, right?
    About the rangefinder, yep, I got the top mounted one but I do not think to use it so much...anyway, do you think I could have 100% scene (or 90% at least?) coverage with a top mounted rangefinder for such a 90mm lens?? In this case I could watch for one...
    engl, I'm new to 4x5"...but it's fascinating, I want to give it a try on the field

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Graflex made a little lens that attaches to a Speed Graphic's tubular view finder via the finder's mask slot. It expands the view through the tvf to match a 90 mm lens on 4x5 and a 65 on 2x3.

    I'm not sure it will attach to a top range finder. If there's a slot for masks, it should.

    MPEX usually has a couple. Call mpex and talk it over with Jim.

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by plusplus View Post
    I mean, now I got the default optar 135mm f4.7 mounted on my peacemaker so I would have to find also the right lens board (copal 0 size) for this 90mm angulon, right?
    About the rangefinder, yep, I got the top mounted one but I do not think to use it so much...anyway, do you think I could have 100% scene (or 90% at least?) coverage with a top mounted rangefinder for such a 90mm lens?? In this case I could watch for one...
    engl, I'm new to 4x5"...but it's fascinating, I want to give it a try on the field
    On Graphic cameras (including the Pacemaker Speed Graphic), the rangefinder and the viewfinder are separate. Even with your top-rangefinder Speed, you look in a different hole for the rangefinder and viewfinder. Dan was talking about an attachment for the viewfinder.

    Unless you can find a cam for the top rangefinder, it will not work with the 90. You'll have to focus using the ground glass, or by scale. And if you want to maintain the ability to use the 135 quickly, you'll also need another set of infinity stops and a focus scale for the 90. If you have the focus scale, you can focus using the rangefinder, read the distance from the current focus scale, and adjust the focus to show the same distance on the 90mm lens focus scale. For street work, though, I suspect most folks prefocus to the desired distance, and use their feet to get their subjects positioned at the right distance.

    In addition to the Angulon, Graflex marketed their own Graflex Optar W.A., which is also small and light. (The same lens is also available as a Wollensak Raptar W.A.) Some say the Angulon performs better (in the center) and some say the Optar performs better. Given the difficulty of getting accurate focus on the street, those differences probably don't matter. None of them will be as sharp in the corners.

    None of the lenses intended for Graflex cameras are mounted in typical modern large-format shutters, such as the Copal and Compur shutters that have (for the most part) standardized mounting holes. The Wollensak and Kodak shutters that were used with Graflex cameras use holes of a different size. The trick is to find the lens, and if it isn't already mounted on a Graflex lens board, then measure the diameter of the threads and find a Graflex lens board with that size hole. I seem to recall my 90mm Optar had a hole bigger than a typical 00 hole (which is about 26mm) and smaller than a 0 hole (which is about 34mm).

    The Graflex shutters have the advantage of using shutter buttons that will align with the cable-actuated shutter release mechanism mounted on the body of the camera.

    None of the Dagor-style lenses (such as the Angulon) will be really sharp in the corners, especially if you use apertures that would allow hand-holdable shutter speeds. Goes with the territory.

    Another option which I have not myself tried is to go wider, to a 65mm f/8 Super Angulon. This lens is significantly wider, but it covers 4x5 and it's reasonably small and light. You might get better depth of field with that shorter lens, too, making scale focus easier. I have one of these lenses, currently mounted (incorrectly) in a Prontor Press 00 shutter, which would be a dandy shutter to use for this application. The original 65/8 SA's don't seat properly in the Prontor shutter, however, and need a bit of machine work on the decorative part of the barrel to allow the important threaded part to screw down all the way. I have hopes for that lens in a 4x5 point-n-shoot camera project that is on my list.

    Rick "keeping Pace, not necessarily keeping peace" Denney

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by rdenney View Post
    On Graphic cameras (including the Pacemaker Speed Graphic), the rangefinder and the viewfinder are separate. Even with your top-rangefinder Speed, you look in a different hole for the rangefinder and viewfinder. Dan was talking about an attachment for the viewfinder.

    Unless you can find a cam for the top rangefinder, it will not work with the 90. You'll have to focus using the ground glass, or by scale. And if you want to maintain the ability to use the 135 quickly, you'll also need another set of infinity stops and a focus scale for the 90. If you have the focus scale, you can focus using the rangefinder, read the distance from the current focus scale, and adjust the focus to show the same distance on the 90mm lens focus scale. For street work, though, I suspect most folks prefocus to the desired distance, and use their feet to get their subjects positioned at the right distance.

    In addition to the Angulon, Graflex marketed their own Graflex Optar W.A., which is also small and light. (The same lens is also available as a Wollensak Raptar W.A.) Some say the Angulon performs better (in the center) and some say the Optar performs better. Given the difficulty of getting accurate focus on the street, those differences probably don't matter. None of them will be as sharp in the corners.

    None of the lenses intended for Graflex cameras are mounted in typical modern large-format shutters, such as the Copal and Compur shutters that have (for the most part) standardized mounting holes. The Wollensak and Kodak shutters that were used with Graflex cameras use holes of a different size. The trick is to find the lens, and if it isn't already mounted on a Graflex lens board, then measure the diameter of the threads and find a Graflex lens board with that size hole. I seem to recall my 90mm Optar had a hole bigger than a typical 00 hole (which is about 26mm) and smaller than a 0 hole (which is about 34mm).

    The Graflex shutters have the advantage of using shutter buttons that will align with the cable-actuated shutter release mechanism mounted on the body of the camera.

    None of the Dagor-style lenses (such as the Angulon) will be really sharp in the corners, especially if you use apertures that would allow hand-holdable shutter speeds. Goes with the territory.

    Another option which I have not myself tried is to go wider, to a 65mm f/8 Super Angulon. This lens is significantly wider, but it covers 4x5 and it's reasonably small and light. You might get better depth of field with that shorter lens, too, making scale focus easier. I have one of these lenses, currently mounted (incorrectly) in a Prontor Press 00 shutter, which would be a dandy shutter to use for this application. The original 65/8 SA's don't seat properly in the Prontor shutter, however, and need a bit of machine work on the decorative part of the barrel to allow the important threaded part to screw down all the way. I have hopes for that lens in a 4x5 point-n-shoot camera project that is on my list.

    Rick "keeping Pace, not necessarily keeping peace" Denney

    thank you all guys for your precious guidelines!! I'm a little scared going around with just a maximum aperture of f/8 Denney.... even if 65 mm would be a geat wide angle I guess...dunno, I must think about this a little more..

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    Re: street photography wide angle for a peacemaker speed graphic

    I have a Wollensak Raptar 101mm f/4.5 wide angle in an Alphax shutter. It's a nice little lens. Keep your eyes peeled, as I'm sure there's more of them.

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