LF Retaining Rings

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by djklmnop, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. djklmnop

    djklmnop Member

    Messages:
    230
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    I've never bought a new LF lens before, but was curious if they normally came with a retaining ring?

    And if I bought a used lens that didn't come with a retaining ring, where can I pick one up at? I did a search on ebay for "Copal 1 ring" with no luck.

    Andy
     
  2. jjstafford

    jjstafford Inactive

    Messages:
    735
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Location:
    Minnesota Tr
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Used lenses (shutters, actually) are often missing the retaining ring. Always ask if it is included. Commons ones are commercially available. A Copal 1 ring will be about $40, new.
     
  3. lee

    lee Member

    Messages:
    2,913
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2002
    Location:
    Fort Worth T
    Shooter:
    8x10 Format
  4. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    18,005
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Location:
    Honolulu, Ha
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    B&H has some of the common ones in stock, and mpex.com is another good source.
     
  5. jjstafford

    jjstafford Inactive

    Messages:
    735
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Location:
    Minnesota Tr
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Typically $95 plus shipping.
     
  6. djklmnop

    djklmnop Member

    Messages:
    230
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
  7. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    18,005
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Location:
    Honolulu, Ha
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    No--that's a retaining ring for enlarging lenses. B&H should carry retaining rings for Copal 0, 1, and 3 shutters. mpex.com stocks Ilex rings and has others, but you have to call them. Not all the rings from SK Grimes are $95, but custom or larger rings may be. They seem to make many of the more common ones in batches and keep them on hand, and they should not be as expensive.
     
  8. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    20,245
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Location:
    local
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    i've bought rings from sk grimes, i think the last one was $35 ...
    for what its worth, mel pierce in hollywood calif, and equinoxphotographic also have retaining rings. i've never bought from mel pierce, but dagor77 used to recommend them for lenses he ebay'ed w/o rings ... i've bought from equinox, and can wholeheartedly recommend them (and sk grimes)

    - -john
     
  9. tim atherton

    tim atherton Inactive

    Messages:
    552
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2002

    Many of the rings or flanges for shutters are "stock" at SK grimes - Alpax , Ilex, Copal, Compur etc in their various sizes - and run from $10.00 for a ring current models to $45.00 max for a flange for most except the very obscure or large. The majority are around $25.00 or $35.00

    http://www.skgrimes.com/adapter/index.htm

    click on Metric or USA at the bottom right for a full list
     
  10. djklmnop

    djklmnop Member

    Messages:
    230
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Thanks! :smile:
     
  11. Dan Fromm

    Dan Fromm Member

    Messages:
    4,203
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  12. Ole

    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,281
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2002
    Location:
    Bergen, Norw
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    I probably have a spare flange...
     
  13. mark

    mark Member

    Messages:
    5,270
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2003
    FInd the oldest camera shop you can that has not changed hands in a while. Ask them if they have a drawer of this stuff or a box. You might get lucky. Paying even ten dollars for what amounts to a nut at a local hardware store is plain silly in my view.