View Full Version : 8 Inch or Larger Lens Boards ?

10-27-2012, 01:02 AM
According to the Grimes website, the largest board listed is 171mm - 6.7" (Arca Swiss).
Some of you folks use really massive cameras, so the question:
? What's the largest board you use (or have used)?


Stephanie Brim
10-27-2012, 01:57 AM
My Burke & James uses 5 3/8 boards. It's a 5x7. That's the biggest I have right now. Since I'm getting back to shooting, though, I can't say that it'll be the biggest I'll have in a year from now. :D

This image is probably here somewhere, but I can't remember. Here it is with the 300mm Tessar-type:


paul ewins
10-27-2012, 03:45 AM
I have kodak studio cameras that use a 9" board which seems quite common (relatively speaking) but one lens that I bought came on a 10" board so bigger things are lurking out there.

Jeff Bannow
10-27-2012, 11:26 AM
My 8x10 uses a 9" board as well.

10-27-2012, 01:21 PM
Century studio cameras use 9 inch lens boards, and deardorff studios use 8 inches.

Uncle Jim
10-27-2012, 11:25 PM
My Agfa Ansco uses a 7.5 inch lensboard.

10-28-2012, 05:50 AM
10" square boards on my 20x24" Chamonix

10-28-2012, 06:30 PM
Probably not necessary to comment, but also 9inch board on my century master 8x10.

10-30-2012, 09:39 PM
I have a whopper lens on the drawing board and need some idea of the market potential for it.
Lensboard size is one of the parameters that I need to take into consideration.
So far, it looks like the 171mm (6.7") Arca-Swiss is the smallest size I can fit without modification to the lens mount.
I'm hoping I can come up with an special adaptation to fit the 158mm (6.22") Toyo/Cambo/Omega size board.

żż Am I going into lensboard manufacture??. Not really. I make lensboards to support my Meniscus lens sales, but that's about the extent of it. The Grimes site lists a bazillion different boards, it's too easy to bump into "incompatabilities" with all those variations.