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    Quote Originally Posted by kb3lms View Post
    Oh, yeah, shutter. Duh!

    Ok, starting lens with a shutter. So where do you look? Harvest off something old and used? That could work.
    I've extracted some decent lenses in Compound and Compur shutters from Folding Pocket Kodak Specials. The cameras were offered with gazillions of different lenses from different makers. IMO the best relatively common lenses fitted to them are f/6.3 Tessars, which were engraved Zeiss Kodak Anastigmat, Tessar, B&L Tessar IIb. f/6.3 Tessars from #3 and larger FPK Specials will cover 4x5. The 170/6.3 Kodak Anastigmat in Ilex shutter fitted to larger FKP Specials is the same design as the 203/7.7 Ektar, should do very well as a slightly long normal lens on 4x5.

    You can find FPKs at camera shows and on eBay. If you search for them at camera shows, you'll have to open a lot of them (to see what the lens and shutter are) to find a good lens. You'll see a lot of B&L Rapid Rectilinears with horrible balsam in EKCo Ball Bearing Shutters.

    Plan/budget for shutter overhaul.

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    "looks pretty good there--does it slide out the front? what's inside "the door" on the top?"


    the back slides in and out to focus. the door on top opens to access the focusing screen and where the plate/film holder goes. I made this one to take a wet plate holder as well as a film holder. it works pretty good and looks great if your into the old style.
    no movements though.

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    If you stick with black & white, shutters are more of a luxury than a necessity.

    Learn how to use Ansel's hat or Jim Galli's high speed dark slides:
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum44/2...ll-please.html

    And then there's the old standby: Packard's...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uqQmzlRMRI

    Learn how to develop by inspection to avoid shutter speed anxiety.

    Reinhold

    www.Re-inventedPhotoEquip.com

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    My favourite DIY camera site: http://www.raymentkirbycameras.co.uk/ Take a look through the Workshop pages.


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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