Questions questions questions.....Toyo 45a

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  1. BenZucker

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    I have a few questions about this camera:

    With a 135mm lens will i need to use the drop bed?

    How bright is the ground glass(say compared to a tachihara)?

    Will there be any issues using a polaroid 405 back with this camera?

    Do you find this camera to be rigid?

    What is the max and min bellows extension?
     
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    I have a Toyo 45 AII and have used a 90 mm lens without any issues of the bed showing up in my negs.

    With regards to the ground glass vs. a Tachihara, I have never seen a Tachihara, so I don't really know.

    Re: the polaroid back, I found this on the B&H website: "Essentially a Polaroid 405 4x5 Pack Film Holder. Holds your choice of Polaroid 400 Series pack film. Fits any view camera's Graflok style back."

    I don't know whether you will have issues using this back with the Toyo 45 A.

    Max bellows extension is 360 mm.
    Minimum bellows extension is ??? I'm not sure anymore. I know you would need a recessed lens board to use anything less than 90 mm on this camera.

    It is a rigid camera.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    That was very helpfull, but I'm not quite sure what your saying in regards to the Polaroid back, can you or any one else compare the groundglass to a sinar/arcaswiss/tachihara. Or just give me your general thoughts on it?
     
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    Probably not. With the 90 mm I drop the bed only in rare occasions when using both tilt and the lowest position of the lens.

    Never had an other view camera, so i can't compare, but wide angle lenses can be a bit of a problem to focus. With a 135 mm this shouldn't be to much of an issue.

    Never used such a polaroid back.

    When you lock al the controls the camera is rigid.

    Maximum exentension of my camera is 305 mm (and not 360mm), which is enough for a 360 telelens. I also use a 58 mm in a recessed lensboard without to much problems. According to Toyo even a 47 mm should be possible
     
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    I ended up going with the 45aII, should be here in a week.....very excited........any one want to buy a tachihara 4x5?
     
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    I hope you enjoy your 45A - I have one and find it a very good compromise in terms of durability, weight and flexibility. My shortest lens is a 65mm which I use with a recessed lens board and this lens does require drop but the 90 doesn't. My longest lens is a 240mm and on my camera that's about as far as I reckon you could go without using a telephoto.

    I find the screen pretty dim and that's my only real complaint but it's still better than my old Linhof 6x9 but nowhere near as clear as my ancient wooden half-plate Gandolfi. It's definitely worth buying f/5.6 lenses over f/8 lenses to maximise the light for compositions.
     
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    yeah I went with the AII because it is suposed to have a brighter ground glass/fresnel situation....hopefully it was worth it....so any one use this camera with the 405 polaroid holder???
     
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    I use a 65 with no problem.
     
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    Polaroid back on Toyo

    Just acquired Toyo 45AII over weekend and was not happy to learn that 405 is way too thick to fit camera.

    Anyone know if PA-45 or Polaroid 550 will fit? Both the Fujifilm Quickload and Polaroid 545i fit and work perfectly.

    Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
     
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    to use the 405/Pa-45/550 back I pop off the ground glass and use the graflock tabs to hold it in place, the fit is too tight otherwise and i would worry about moving/ damaging the camera trying to cram the back in there. Hope this helps, Im using a 45aII by the way.