Focal plane shutter repair

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by ThePetor, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. ThePetor

    ThePetor Member

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    I just picked up a Butcher Popular Pressman 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 SLR (like a Graflex Series B). It's in great shape except the focal plane shutter...it has been removed. The spindles on which it rotates are still there as well as the hardware to wind it just not the curtain. Is there anybody who does this kind of repair work? Am I just going to have to use a lens cap as a shutter? Any ideas?
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    Pete
     
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  3. Ian Grant

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    Not sure about the shutter on the Butcher Popular Pressman, I make shutter curtains for other similar British SLR's but ideally a pattern helps. (I supply curtain material to a leading US repair man). I've 3 SLR's sat here waiting for new shutters but a back-log of restorations/repairs.

    Most British shutters are rather more sophisticated compared to Graflex cameras, that's an advantage as they need much less shutter cloth and two curtains as opposed to one long continuous curtain with a number of slits.

    There's a few variations to the Houghton Butcher focal plane shutters depending on the age of the camera.

    Ian