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    How to store LF gear?

    How do you store your gear and why

    lens: cocked or un-cocked
    Bellows: extended, closed or ?
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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    All my lenses are left uncocked and either cased or wrapped. My camera lives in its case folded up.

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty230358 View Post
    All my lenses are left uncocked and either cased or wrapped. My camera lives in its case folded up.
    I have photobackpacker cases for my camera body and each of my 4 lenses. The lens cases also hold the shutter releases which I leave attached to each lens.

    Everything resides nicely in a backpack along with meter, loupe and room for about 4-6 film holders.

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    We are the Rodenstock distributor. The factory sends the lenses to us uncocked, press focus closed, aperture at the largest opening and the shutter speed at the fastest shutter speed. If you buy a new lens that is also how it is sent by us to your dealer and how the dealer delivers it to you (unless it has been opened somewhere along the way).

    We are also the Linhof and Wista distributor for the USA. Every Linhof and Wista, in factory packaging, Technika, M679, Techno, Kardan, TechniKardan, every Wista field, metal and 810 are packaged with the bellows fully compressed. That is also how we ship them to your dealer and how your dealer delivers it to you, in factory packaging). The cameras would not fit into their packaging any other way.

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    Well stated Bob. My LF cameras live in different places. The Sinar in it's case. The V8 in a back pack with room for 4-6 film holders. And the Chaminox 11x14 lives below my dry matt press in my matting area. All with their bellows closed and lenses uncocked.
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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by ataim View Post
    How do you store your gear and why

    lens: cocked or un-cocked
    Bellows: extended, closed or ?
    Search for "Bellows care tips" LF forum thread and enjoy reading it. You'll find some original methods there too...

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon - HP Marketing View Post
    We are the Rodenstock distributor. The factory sends the lenses to us uncocked, press focus closed, aperture at the largest opening and the shutter speed at the fastest shutter speed. If you buy a new lens that is also how it is sent by us to your dealer and how the dealer delivers it to you (unless it has been opened somewhere along the way)..... .
    That's interesting ... I've always been told to set the shutter to the lowest speed before storing ... supposedly to save the spring mechanism. Is this a false old tale? Why the highest speed ... is there some benefit? Does it make a difference if it is a self cocking shutter? Is there a type of shutter where the speed setting would make a difference?

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    I think the only shutters where it makes a practical difference are those old Compurs and Grafexes that have a booster spring for the 400 speed.

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    Here's a quote from Flutot's Camera Repair:

    "Q What's the best way to store a shutter?

    .... Best to set the speed dial on 'T' or 'B' and uncocked so there is no tension on the springs."

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    Re: How to store LF gear?

    In the past I've left my shutter un-cocked and at what ever f-stop it was at from the last shot. I'll open up the fstop now. The bellows I generally leave in the 1/3 to 1/2 open and will start to the rotation on them as well.

    Thanks to all.
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    Calumet Green Monster
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