Forty years on!

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Bill Banks, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Bill Banks

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    In 1965 I was given a 4X5 Speed Graphic with a number of lenses and accessories. It was (and still is) in almost new condition. The camera is fitted with a Graflok back and has several glass plate and sheet film holders as well as a rollfilm back (8 on 120). It has a large flashgun (with two reflectors) which also powers the solenoid release on its Kodak lens and the 'Focuspot' lamp attached to the coupled rangefinder.

    I experimented with the camera as a schoolboy but for more than 40 years it has just moved with me from attic to attic! Having recently begun to browse the wonderful portfolios on this site, I see a number of APUG members use these cameras, so I think it is time to try mine out again.

    I have far too many questions for just one post, but for now can anyone tell me anything about these lenses, and in particular who in the UK can service their shutters?

    Kodak Ektar 127mm f4.7
    Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 210mm f4.5

    Any tips, advice, ecouragement you can give me as I start this new journey will be very welcome!

    Bill
     
  2. Keith Tapscott.

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    Buy some film and just do it Bill. I`m sure that outfit is capable of superb results.
     
  3. Keith Tapscott.

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    Of course, if it`s too much bother, you could give to me.:wink::D
     
  4. archphoto

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    On the lenses: try the shutters, if they run smoothly (more or less) get some 120-film and start making pic's with this great camera.
    If they are stuck, they will need a Clean Lube and Adjust or CLA.
    The 127mm will be more or less a standard lens on 6x9, the 210mm a moderate tele.

    Happy shooting !
    Peter
     
  5. Ian Grant

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    Black on White in Bristol have been servicing my shutters, they are reasonable prices, quick and very good. bGood luck with the Graphic - I have 3 that get used, (2 in the UK).

    Ian
     
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    Your new kit

    I'm afraid you have bought a pig in a poke and I'm offering you $15 for the lot--not!

    Methinks you were asking a rhetorical question.
     
  7. Trevor Crone

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    Bill, I'm with Keith, just keep feeding it film and you will both grow to love each other:smile:
     
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    For basic large format refresher, look at the article at:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/

    For specific Speed Graphic camera stuff (besides searching here), check out:
    www.graflex.org

    My advice would be to do a quick refresher on film loading, focusing (don't forget to close the lens after), and developing, and then get a 10 sheet pack of Ilford film or a cheap pack of Eastern Euro stuff, and go make some mistakes. The basics aren't rocket science, and are often easier to understand by trying them than reading about them. You'll screw up some film, but learn the basics pretty quick. Then you can focus on the finer details and techniques.
     
  9. Bill Banks

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    Thanks, everyone! I shall call Black on White tomorrow.

    Bill
     
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    Hi Terence: How about buying some Kodak film? Cordially, Howard Tanger