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    Home Made Lens On Speed Graphic

    I am not the first to have done this and I'm sure I won't be the last but it was fun and I intend to try a few more shots with it. I had a lens from an old desk magnifier and a brass barrel which just happened to fit it perfectly. So a spot of glue and a Speed graphic lens board later I was in business. The focal length worked out at around 8 inches which meant a working aperture of f4. Because this wasn't going to be the best corrected of lenses I felt that a lens hood would be a mandatory accessory. I am very proud of my low tech solution. The image was made on Wephota Ortho film f4 at 15th sec and developed in Fotospeed FD10 for 6 minutes.
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    Very nice! I got a Speed Graphic not long ago to use with some old brass barrel lenses I've picked up. Such fun stuff. Now to finally find the time to use it more!

    I like your custom hood too. You should sell them on eBay!
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    Wow, that lens is sweet! Go do some portraits with it!

    Could you make me one of those lens hoods?
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    I like the Tuna Chunks lens hood. Are those available from B&H?

    Very nice!

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    WOW! Is that an original Stevotar?

    Pretty cool!
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    Oooh dreamy....

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    Hello Steve;
    What is the viewfinder that you have mounted on the Speed Graphic? Very interesting, Steven.

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    I like the idea of selling Tuna Chunks lens hoods on Ebay however I may limited to two lengths and one width fitting unless I change supermarket!
    As for naming the lens I like this idea. My surname is Salmons so I really like the sound of 'Samovar'.
    Interesting you should ask about the finder Steven. I have never come across one like this before and it was a contributing reason for buying the camera which was an impulse buy from a dealer I know. When he showed me the camera and I looked through the finder the image was very blurred. He agreed. Almost by chance I tried without my glasses on and hey presto, a lovely clear image. So obviously the finder has a fixed dioptre correction and equally obviously I was meant to buy it.
    That said it is not a perfect framing for 5x4 having the width of a 150mm coverage but the height of a 180mm coverage.

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    Just my style! Keep it up.

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    I like the tuna can hood too. You can increase contrast/quality further if you recess the lens in the tube and line the inside of the tuna can and barrel black. That gray finish in the tuna can is making lots of general flare. If it's not convenient to recess things, blacking the interior will be the best bang for the buck.

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