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    Speed flashbulb system, versus electronic flash...

    hello

    Please enlighten: is there any reason why a Speed owner would want to purchase/use the original flashbulb lighting device--versus buying an electronic flash? Are the bulbs they use readily available?

    thank you!

    Dean

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    Aside from nostalgia, the answers to your questions are "no" and "yes".

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    Flashbulbs are the only way to do flash in combination with the focal-plane shutter. The FP shutter will not sync with an electronic flash.

    There are flashbulbs available which are more powerful than electronic flash, also. (in case you need extreme amounts of light).

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    [QUOTE=EdSawyer;1456274]Flashbulbs are the only way to do flash in combination with the focal-plane shutter. The FP shutter will not sync with an electronic flash. QUOTE]

    Is that only applicable to the Speed Graphic? Other FP cameras such as SLRs sync but at relatively slow speed. Usually 1/60th but 1/125th applies to many and some Nikons as I understand it sync at 1/250th

    What is different in the Speed Graphic's FP?

    pentaxuser

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    I have enough flashbulbs to last the rest of my life. Roughly 3,000 or so. Mostly edison base, with about 500-600 Press 25's & 5B's And 2 unopened cases of Bantaom 8's. I used about 100 or so a year, mostly when I want to try something different or have a style I want to mimic.

    I have 4 more tupperware cases filled with bulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootar401 View Post
    I have enough flashbulbs to last the rest of my life. Roughly 3,000 or so. Mostly edison base, with about 500-600 Press 25's & 5B's And 2 unopened cases of Bantaom 8's. I used about 100 or so a year, mostly when I want to try something different or have a style I want to mimic.

    I have 4 more tupperware cases filled with bulbs.

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    Uh... I dunno what to say. I guess "holy shit" will suffice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootar401 View Post
    I have 4 more tupperware cases filled with bulbs.
    **drool**
    Henry C. Gernhardt, III

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    I have in excess of 800 clear and blue flashbulbs for my Speed Graphic.

    Strobes can make the photograph look flat. Flashbulbs appear to have more life than strobe partly because the source has more volume.
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    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I think they look better than electronic flash as well...

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    Thanks Henry for the explanation

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