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    mitch

    fun camera !

    you won't be able to use shutter-on-the-lens if your FP / in camera shutter is wound to anything but " 0 "

    the finger button ( front of the case ... chrome &c ) depresses to release the shutter.
    don't bother using the slider lever on the side as a shutter trip, you will only have trouble. mine hasn't moved from the "front"
    position since around 1988 ... it is kind of silly to think it stops any accidents ...
    there doesn't seem to be a way to accidently fire the FP shutter unless you accidently wind put your lens on BULB, stop down,
    wind your shutter and then physically depress the chrome finger thing ...

    if you can find a copy of lester + morgan ( or lester + lester ) 's book graflex and graphic photography
    buy it. the book is THE graflex photography book and will explain everything in great detail. graflex.org
    can be very helpful too. lots of people have these cameras and there is a huge knowledge base there, just use the search function ...

    have fun !
    Last edited by jnanian; 12-05-2012 at 12:13 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    From the pictures, that black crinkle has *definitely* been repainted. Original paint doesn't look quite like that. (less crinkle, not as black).

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    Thanks for the comments guys, I am guessing the body of the camera has been touched up, everything (apart from the slider) is basically mint and perfect so im guessing quite a bit has probably been taken apart, serviced and repaired/recovered, should hopefully sort out the slider tonight *crosses fingers*.

    I will try and find that book suggested, I have checked out the graflex.org site, useful info

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    [QUOTE=jnanian;1429191]. . . if you can find a copy of lester + morgan ( or lester + lester ) 's book graflex and graphic photography
    buy it. the book is THE graflex photography book and will explain everything in great detail. . . . [QUOTE]

    Yes, indeed. Get at least the 8th edition, the first one that covers the early Pacemaker series. Online booksellers usually have these.

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    Right, this is all sorted now, the seller sent me over the details on how to reset the switch - its very simple to do, basically remove the and then loosen the cover to allow the slider to move freely to the correct position then retighen. It seems that I am missing a screw on the plate which is why it might have come slightly loose in transit and slipped, its all sorted now! Im glad its quite a simple camera to work on, its firing perfectly now.

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    That's very true, it would be rather expensive to find a large format lens that shoots up to 1/1000s as the original one shot up to 1/400 and the one mine has shoots to 1/500 although saying that its not really the camera you would use for action sports lol but I guess it means I can use faster film wide open.

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    I like soft focus/pictorialism and often have to shoot pretty wide open, like f5.6 sometimes. For reasons of quality and experience, I mostly use TMY2 film. I do use the higher shutter speeds on the speed graphic. I know in the summer I sometimes shoot 1/680th of second. Mine is older and has a 1-6 tension adjustment meaning an excessive variety of shutter speed choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1tch View Post
    That's very true, it would be rather expensive to find a large format lens that shoots up to 1/1000s as the original one shot up to 1/400 and the one mine has shoots to 1/500 although saying that its not really the camera you would use for action sports lol but I guess it means I can use faster film wide open.
    well ...

    i wouldn't count on the shutter being exact on all the speeds, it is easy to test
    with a shutter speed tester though ...
    as long as you de-tension the spring when the shutter isn't being used you should
    get another 50-60 years of hard-use out of that camera

    i like photographing wrecking balls knocking down buildings with mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1tch View Post
    That's very true, it would be rather expensive to find a large format lens that shoots up to 1/1000s as the original one shot up to 1/400 and the one mine has shoots to 1/500 although saying that its not really the camera you would use for action sports lol but I guess it means I can use faster film wide open.
    Your post made me giggle. In the US sports photographers used Speed Graphics and Graflex reflexes and long lens cameras based on Graflex SLRs until the late 1950s. Buy a copy of the book Graphic Graflex Photography -- any edition will do -- and read about how the cameras were used.

    About the language we speak. What we call a lens' speed is a dimensionless number sometimes called the relative aperture. The lens' focal length divided by its entrance pupil's diameter.

    The speeds you mentioned are measured in seconds (or fractions of seconds) and are called shutter speeds. The highest shutter speed of leaf shutters in general use is 1/1000, Graflex made the shutter, offered it for, IIRC, two lenses, and most of them are kaput. Next fastest is a Kodak shutter that went to 1/800 and was offered with one 101 mm lens; most of them are kaput too.

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