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    Like I said, I have the same exact lens I took off my Speed Graphic just lying here waiting to be used :-) My main dude is the Kodak Aero Ektar 178/2.5, so the Optar really doesn't get to go out at all

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    OK..............I'm back. Note to self. When loosening the screws that hold the lens board in place; keep in mind that there are tiny barrel type nuts on the backside. These tiny nuts, besides holding the lens board in place evidently also hold the bellows in place. There are also even smaller washers that will fall out. These washers are not all the same size. That matters because there is a very tiny shoulder on the screws. Luckily for me.....I realized that at least 4 of those washers were purely ornamental, and they are now decorating my workbench. As far as the lens is concerned.....as far as I could get was unscrewing it from the shutter. I googled an couldn't find info on how to separate it. After the fiasco with the lens board/bellows, all I'm in the mood for now is a Bacardi and Coke. I read where a little bit of cloudiness might not cause any problems anyway. If you tell me this is not true.......then I'll see about buying the spare lens from Rawhead. Thank you gentlemen for all of the replies.

    PS.........I don't even wanna think about calibrating the rangefinder.

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    If the clouding can only be seen when the lens is at a certain angle from the light and/or when you sine a flashlight through the lens, then no, it will hardly have any effect. If the clouding is omnipresent, no matter how you look at it, then it'll cause some contrast loss. Not a huge deal in this day and age if your process includes scanning and PP

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    It's clear in the center and clouded about 1/3 in on each side. I do have to turn it at an angle to see the cloudiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    Like I said, I have the same exact lens I took off my Speed Graphic just lying here waiting to be used :-) My main dude is the Kodak Aero Ektar 178/2.5, so the Optar really doesn't get to go out at all


    How old is yours?

    Mine only goes to 1/200th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazz View Post
    It's clear in the center and clouded about 1/3 in on each side. I do have to turn it at an angle to see the cloudiness.
    Then I say don't worry about it, it's gonna take great photos no matter :-)

    Regarding the lens, mine's from a later model, Pacemaker Speed Graphic. A faster speed is definitely handy when you like to shoot everything wide open like I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    A faster speed is definitely handy when you like to shoot everything wide open like I do
    That's why I'm asking.... I typically shoot as wide open as possible all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    How old is yours?

    Mine only goes to 1/200th.
    Is that the 6-and-some inch one? Because YUM. Would shoot.

    Here's mine:

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    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Brim View Post
    Is that the 6-and-some inch one? Because YUM. Would shoot.
    I haven't a clue. All I know is that its what was on it when I bought it... LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazz View Post
    OK..............I'm back. Note to self. When loosening the screws that hold the lens board in place; keep in mind that there are tiny barrel type nuts on the backside. These tiny nuts, besides holding the lens board in place evidently also hold the bellows in place. There are also even smaller washers that will fall out. These washers are not all the same size. That matters because there is a very tiny shoulder on the screws. Luckily for me.....I realized that at least 4 of those washers were purely ornamental, and they are now decorating my workbench. As far as the lens is concerned.....as far as I could get was unscrewing it from the shutter. I googled an couldn't find info on how to separate it. After the fiasco with the lens board/bellows, all I'm in the mood for now is a Bacardi and Coke. I read where a little bit of cloudiness might not cause any problems anyway. If you tell me this is not true.......then I'll see about buying the spare lens from Rawhead. Thank you gentlemen for all of the replies.

    PS.........I don't even wanna think about calibrating the rangefinder.
    Oh my. To remove the lens and lens board, slide the lens board sliders up and to the left (upper one) and down and to the left (lower one). Left is your left with the camera facing you. Oh my.

    To remove the lens and shutter from the lens board, remove (unscrew) the lens' rear cell (if and only if it prevents access to the retaining ring), unscrew the retaining ring, pull the lens/shutter assembly out of the board.

    To remove the lens' cells from the shutter, unscrew them. If they won't unscrew (normal right-hand thread, turn counter-clockwise to undo), pressing the apparently stuck cell against a tire's sidewall and turning the shutter often works.

    Which lenses can be used on a 4x5 Speed Graphic? There are two limits that matter a lot, one that matters little. The first is the lens minimum flange-to-film distance at infinity. If that distance is shorter than the camera's minimum flange to film distance the lens can't be focused to infinity on the camera. The 4x5 Pacemaker Speed Graphic's minimum flange to film distance is 66.7 mm. If that distance is longer than the camera's maximum flange to film distance ("maximum extension") the lens can't be focused on any subject. The 4x5 Pacemaker Speed Graphic's maximum extension is 317 mm.

    Go to www.graflex.org and read the FAQs. Go to www.southbristolviews.com, find and read the manuals. Go stand in a corner for the rest of the day.

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