Standard lensboard dimensions

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  1. hvandam2

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm building a 4x5 and wondering if there is a "standard size" for lensboards? Perhaps the Linhof size?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    You'd be best getting hold of a Linhof/Wista style board and building the front standard to take them, they have a ring on the rear that helps provide a light trap and so you need to get everything as close a fit as possible.

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    Hello

    I'd go for either the Linhof of the Sinar sizes. Sinar is nice as it is bigger but, on the other hand... it is bigger:D. This may not be an issue, except for portability. If you want to use BIG lenses (shutter sizes 3 and bigger), then may be Sinar would be better (but a #3 can also be used on a Linhof style lens board, if the rear element is not too big.
     
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    Thanks, I'll look for a Linhof board and use it as my template for sizes. It looks like there are some Originals as well as knockoffs on Ebay.
     
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    Long ago there were something like standard sizes. The most common was 4" square and 1/4" thick with a 1/8" deep and 1/4" wide rabbet around the edge. It was used on anniversary model Speed Graphics, many Burke & James cameras, Graphic View cameras, and countless others. These can easily be cut with just a table saw or built up from 1/8" plywood available at hobby shops.