Aero Ektar 178mm on an 8x10?

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  1. Jaems

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    I've come into possession of a *cherry* Aero Ektar 178mm f2.5. I've been able to use it on my Eastman 2D 8x10, but only on long exposures.

    I'm guessing that a Packard shutter can be implemented somehow for better exposure control. I've also read about placing an Ilex #5 between the two lens elements, but it doesn't look like the elements will come apart easily, and, like I said, the lens is cherry - fungus and scratch free, with a real smoooth f-stop adjustment.

    Any advice (preferable with pics) will be appreciated!
     
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    I have no idea if you can get your lens in or around it (and I suspect you can't if it normally goes into an Ilex #5), but ...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ELECTRIC-SHUTTER-DEARDORFF-CAMERA-BRASS-LENS-FORMAT-/280660888016?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item4158b149d0 .... at $49 is a remounted electric Prontor still on the books at $571 ...https://www.schneideroptics.com/ecommerce/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?CID=1434&IID=6321

    I've bought two of them from the man - for engineering use - and they are in new condition and work just great. I've noticed the price keeps creeping up, but they are still a bargain.

    Note that the shutter is very thin - the solenoid can be remounted out of the way - and unless you are shooting wide-open the reduced shutter opening isn't as much of a problem as it might appear at first blush.
     
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    For the price of a Packard and mounting/machinging fees, you might be just as well off with a Speed Graphic body for it.
     
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    The luxury option is a SINAR DB shutter. They are expensive, though, and they do have their limits as to what lenses will work with them. How big is the rear element of your lens?

    A Packard shutter would work well too, if you can manage to do what you need to do with a single instantaneous shutter speed or two.

    There was some discussion the other day about converting a Speed Graphic into an accessory shutter for a view camera. But I think it would be rather awkward and unstable if doing it on the front instead of the back.
     
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    But if you want it for 8x10 ... anyone make an 8x10 -> graflok adapter?
     
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    you might have to front-mount something ...
    contact sk grimes, they might have a mounting solution for you
    they specialize in custom mounting lenses to shutters
    and machining custom adapters.
    zacks camera repair also has a lathe and makes parts, and does great repair work,
    but i am not sure if he does this sort of work too, it might be worth an email ...