Quick question about Graflex XL, with 58mm Grandagon.

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  1. thegman

    thegman Member

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    Just got one of these cameras, looks great, but unlike my other cameras with large format style shutters, I cannot seem to find a switch on the shutter to open it up for ground glass viewing.

    On my Fotoman 45SPS, I can flick a switch and the shutter blades open up, allowing me to compose on the ground glass. I can't see this on the Graflex, so only option is to use the Bulb setting to hold the shutter open for ground glass viewing. If that's just how it is, fine, but I wonder am I missing something?

    Cheers

    Garry
     
  2. bdial

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    I don't think you are missing anything. It's been a while since I've worked with those, but as I recall, those shutters didn't have the switch, probably because they are mostly intended to be used with the rangefinder.

    Does the shutter have T? If so, that will probably be easier to work with than B for GG focusing. Otherwise a locking cable release may be your friend.
     
  3. Dan Fromm

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    That lens is in Compur #00. Most #00s have no T setting and none has a blade arrestor ("press focus").

    The 58/5.6 Grandagon's #00 has no T setting. You're not missing anything, your best option is to use B and a locking cable release.

    The 58/5.6 Grandagon's #00 has no cable release socket; not a problem when it is used on an XL 'cos the XL barrel for it has a cable release socket. But this makes the lens in the original shutter pretty unusable on other cameras. I had mine reshuttered in a #00 with cable release socket, use it on 2x3 Graphics and Cambo.
     
  4. thegman

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    Right got it, looked it up on butkus.org, and see that the 80mm lens came with a blade arrestor (good to learn what it's actually called!), but the 58mm did not. No big deal, it's got Bulb, but no T, so I can just use Bulb if I use the ground glass, which I think will not be that often anyway.

    Cheers

    Garry
     
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    did you ever figure this out? Yeah, three years later -- if you look at the underside of the Grandagon shutter, you will see where the shutter cocking lever travels. Just above that is a little blade with a knob on it -- cock the shutter, push down on the blade and let the shutter cocking lever return -- it will be held up halfway by this blade.

    Fire the shutter and it is now held halfway open, so you can focus on ground glass, or view and frame. When ready to shoot, just recock the lens and don't push down on the blade thingy.