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    I was just going to mention artonpaper's tip, above.

    The Crown and Speed Graphics were made for hand holding, and I've done so with mine too. I say, just dive right in and give it a try -- it's a safe assumption that it's easier than you may think beforehand!

    The main point is to make sure your rangefinder is calibrated so you get proper focusing, and to give yourself a bit of leeway through depth-of-field also.
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    As others have implied - yes, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Cheers for that. So, in reality, not having the focal plane shutter on the crown, is not too much of a disadvantage (as long as we are using a leaf shutter lens)?
    The practical advantage of having a focal plane shutter is the ability to use barrel (non-shuttered) lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graywolf View Post
    Basically, that is why Graphex came out with the Crown Graphic in 1947, some people just did not need the focal plane shutter any longer.
    ... and that was further re-iterated later in Graphlex history with the SuperGraphic, where the fast speed was provided only on a version called the SuperSpeed Graphic with the 1000 speed leaf shutter.

    I find the focla plane shutter to be quite worth the weight because of the abiltity to use barrel lenses. Not everyone needs or wants that flexibility... then or now!

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    at this age juncture most of the FP shutters on Speeds don't work very well -- at least mine doesn't. Look around you can find one pretty easily with a 127mm Kodak Ektar and have fun, either a crown or speed -- they were made for being used handheld Keep ur shutter speed at 100 or above.

    and remember, the guys who used those things in combat had to get shots of the troops advancing, "and we want to see their faces..."

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    Yesterday I went to a Memorial Day event at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, where there were several WWII-vintage planes on display, including the only airworthy B-29 bomber in existence. They were playing big band swing music and some original flight crew members were there. It struck me that it would have been really appropriate to have taken a Speed Graphic and used it handheld.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graywolf View Post
    .... that is why Graphex came out with the Crown Graphic in 1947, some people just did not need the focal plane shutter any longer.
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    My focal plane shutter works perfectly.

    BTW, the B&W Aerial shots (air to air) were shot using a Speed Graphic with Super XX film rated at ISO 100 or 120. I would have to look up my notes on that. The color shots were made using a first run Nikon F. Of course, all was hand held. No tripods in the cockpit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by artonpaper View Post
    There is an old adage about what the slowest speed one can hand hold steadily. It goes: the slowest speed is one that approximates the focal length of your lens in millimeters. In other words, most 4 x 5 graphics have a 135 mm lens. That would mean you can hand hold comfortably at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second or faster. A 150 mm should be OK at that speed too with care. For 35 mm cameras, a 50 mm lens can be hand held at 1/60. I tell my students that with practice they should be able to drop down at least another speed.
    That rule of thumb is for 35mm cameras. Anyone should be able to get sharp images with a 4x5 Graphic at 1/25th of a second, and steady folks at 1/10th, I have seen many shot at 1/5th. Assuming a 127 or 135mm lens of course. The 35mm camera (and the equiv digital) has become so much the standard since 1970 or so, that most people know nothing about larger cameras.

    First off the frame is going to be magnified 2x with the 4x5, and 8x with the 35mm, so you can cut that 1/125th you mentioned down by 3-4 stops right off the bat. Second the camera weighs twice as much so it has more inertia, so you can move it down another stop. That puts you right into that 1/5th to 1/10th of a second range. Less grain is not the only advantage to a larger format by any means.

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    Reading this makes me want one now. Ugh this GAS.

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