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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill View Post
    if you must continue with this goofy project buy the bellows off ebay for $20-25. get a lens that fits the gx mount.
    Operating GX lenses is problematic with the dead body. Mounting a view camera lens to the front standard would work well. I really like the idea of using the double cable release- it makes it easy to view up to the moment of exposure. If the GX is really dead (probably electronics) then this is just a fun DYI project which salvages what is otherwise only good for parts.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Wildbill,
    If i can remove front part... please look at second photo, it is removed and the body is 'cleaned' from misc parts.
    I have bought a cheap junk non functional camera just to start this project. Front part is fully functional, i mean mechanical.

    CJBecker
    Thank you for support, this is what i need.
    Yes, i can mount the body with rail in tripod. I will take another photo.

    Himself
    yes, exactly, this is my plan. I want to cut the alloy body so i can put SQ body on it and center of the bayonet of the sq will be centered to front frame of the gx. Maybe i will integrate my quick release plate.
    Great idea about darkbag cloth, thank you. Len me check some info about ho can i make small bellow. If you have some, please share.
    And yes, main concern is lens... i think it should be 127mm at least. Is it like a distance from the lens to the film, isnt it?

    Lxdude
    Not quite a problem, it is an electronic triggered seiko shutter, just to find out the right contacts. And i think GX lenses has image circle wide enought to have tilt/shift for 6x8 area (my SQ is 6x6 'only')

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    Maybe you're right. But remember, the SQ lens is triggered mechanically and then held open electronically, before closing mechanically when the power to it is cut. At 1/500 it is opened and closed mechanically, without the body timing it at all. So if all it takes to open a GX lens is to send power to a contact, and to close it, for power to that same contact to be cut, it should work fine off the SQ body, up to a 250th.

    The GX lens would of course cover 6x6 easily, as it is meant for 6x8.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    just got a manual
    as far as i understand, fully electronic
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    and they recommend 180mm
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    So if it's a simple power on/power off design, you should be able to use it to 1/250th with a GX lens, if the voltage (6V) from the SQ body is sufficient. I think the GX runs at something like 7.2 volts, an am assuming that is what goes to the lens.
    FYI, 180mm is about equivalent to a 100mm in 135 format.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    there are a couple pages on the web that detail how to make a simple bellows, i'll dig out a link for you later.

    yes, you should measure from the film plane to the closest the bellows will close. that will give you the minimum focal length.

    regarding syncinhg the shutter, I wouln't bother, just get a lens in a leaf shutter and when your ready to shoot just lock up the mirror and set the body to 'double exposure' mode.

    most of the old 6x9 folder lenses will just about cover what you need with modest movements. I imagine any of the 135mm lenses on a 9x12 camera will be more than enough.

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    http://www.rolandandcaroline.co.uk/h.../bellows1.html


    here's the link. this is blueprint I used to make my first, it's simple but works. there is also a bellows design calculator that someone here made, but youl'll need to search the site for that

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    Thank you guys
    So =>135mm from olde folder would be enough to start?

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    I wouldn'd like to say for sure, but if it's off an old 9x12, most of which had at least rise and shift, it should cover 6x6 with movements... just don't expect extreme movements

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