Bush Pressman Manual

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  1. Bruce Osgood

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    Anybody got a Bush Pressman 4X5 D users manual they want to sell or lend for a short period of time?
     
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    What do you need to know? I don't have the manual but I have stripped cleaned rebuilt and explored the heck out of mine. I might be able to help.
     
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    Mark,
    I just bought one off of eBay and it is my first LF camera. In fact it's the first LF camera I've ever held... except David G's. I've never used one and felt an instruction manual would give me an idea of how grope my way around it.
    It's probably fundamental to someone who is familiar with LF photography, but to someone looking at it for the first time and wondering what's this button supposed to do and I wonder if it works, it's a tad intimidating.
     
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    It was my first LF camera too. The last one I had anything to do with was my dads and he sold it when I was ten. You have a tank in your hands. very basic and tough as nails. Finding info on the pressman is not easy. Graphlexes are a dime a dozen. Before you start exploring take the lens off. The knob on top of the lens board unscrews but keep your hand on the lens board they fall right off when the screw clears the threads. Then stick on the tripod and stand in front of it, not behind it. now start playing with knobs and screws. Play with one at a time. If you unscrew it too much you just screw it back in and never force anything. I swear this is what I did. It is very straight forward. The only thing you have to worry about is getting it off the rail but you would have to manually pull the bellows out and off the rail for this to happen.

    If you need a specific description of something I can walk you through it with Di56tal pictures and explanations. The only thing I can't explain is the range finder because mine was broken when I got it. If you di find an instruction book tell me where.
     
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    Mark, Thank you
    I will keep you in mind as I tinker. I guess the first thing I will do is buy some film and see what she can do.
     
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    hey bruce

    have you checked out craigcamera?
    they have a huge number of manuals, i surfed their site and didn't see one for the 4x5 you have, but they might have a lead where you can find one.

    -john
     
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    Yes, and like you no Bush Pressman 4X5 D
     
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    bruce -

    glennview.com has a your camera and the manual ( copy ). maybe he will sell you a copy of his copy?

    his site takes a little while to load, but it should be here:
    http://www.glennview.com/vcam.htm

    good luck!

    -john
     
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    Thank you John, a quick once over and I didn't find any reference to Bush Pressman. I've stored the address and will check back when I have a little more time.
     
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    I knew I had seen the manual around somewhere for free.

    The pressman is very straight forward. very easy to use. I am also an owner/user of the busch pressman. Just send me an email if you have questions.

    darinwc (at) yahoo.com