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    Grafmatic in spring back

    I have an older model of the Pacemaker Speed Graphic, that hasn't got a Graflok back, but rather the standard Spring back ("graphic back"?). I was wondering if anyone knew if it's possible to use the Grafmatic film holders with this type of back, or is it too thick to go in under the ground glass?
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    I don't know if it will work with the Pacemaker, but I've used Grafmatics under the groundglass on several cameras without difficulty.
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    If you have trouble getting your Grafmatic into the tighter space on the spring back, you might try this trick. Like David said, it will usually work, although it's a tight fit. Every camera seems to be slightly different in this regard regarding how far you can pull the back out. On mine I had to loosen the spring screws a little to get it in.

    http://lommen9.home.xs4all.nl/holders/page2.html

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    On mine I had to loosen the spring screws a little to get it in.
    On the Busch C I have, there were washers that could be added under the spring screws, to give it more room for the roll backs (adapt-a-roll). You might try adding some, even if it meant using slightly longer screws. If you take one out and bring it to a good, old-fashioned hardware store, they may be able to give you longer versions with the same thread.

    I may have been leading a sheltered life, but I've not seen a Pacemaker with a spring back. I thought they only came with the Graflock, like this pamphlet shows. Mine has one.

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    You must have been leading a sheltered life I have 5 Pacemaker spring backs they were the norm, latef Graflex also offered the Graflok back which was standard only on the late versions with the top Rangefinder but sales had dropped significantly by then so the number isn't that high as a percentage of all the PAcemeakers made.

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    [QUOTE latef Graflex also offered the Graflok back which was standard only on the late versions with the top Rangefinder ][/QUOTE]
    the Pacemaker Graphics were introduced in 1947. The Graflok back was introduced in 1951 or 1952. It was immediately made "standard" on 4x5 Pacemaker Graphics then as an option on other models.
    You could special order a spring back or Graflex back on a later year camera if you wished and that option may have ended with the introduction of the Graphic rangefinder in 1955.

    A grafmatic should just fit but on some backs the springs are a little too short for it to fit easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterfinger View Post
    [QUOTE late Graflex also offered the Graflok back which was standard only on the late versions with the top Rangefinder ]
    the Pacemaker Graphics were introduced in 1947. The Graflok back was introduced in 1951 or 1952. It was immediately made "standard" on 4x5 Pacemaker Graphics then as an option on other models.
    You could special order a spring back or Graflex back on a later year camera if you wished and that option may have ended with the introduction of the Graphic rangefinder in 1955.

    A grafmatic should just fit but on some backs the springs are a little too short for it to fit easily.[/QUOTE]

    No the Graflok back wasn't made standard in 1951, it's like the Ektalite fresnal screens they weren't standard with the spring or Graflok backs. I have a very late Pacemaker Crown Graphic with a Spring back and it's not the focusframe for a Fresnel screen, and it;s a side mounted Kalart.

    There's a lot of disinformation about Graflex cameras.

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    and i had a 1956 pacemaker with graflok and kalart side rangefinder from the factory.
    http://www.alibris.com/The-all-Ameri...ne/book/235373
    i sold my copy a while back or i would quote you the page.
    this book is considered the authority on Graflex.
    Another source for accuracy is the Graflex Graphic Photography series by Morgan and Lester.
    these camera w____s would do just about any thing for a buck OR they supported their customers by accommodating their wants.

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    and i had a 1956 pacemaker with graflok and kalart side rangefinder from the factory.
    http://www.abebooks.com/All-American.../9648261600/bd
    i sold my copy a while back or i would quote you the page.
    this book is considered the authority on Graflex.
    Another source for accuracy is the Graflex Graphic Photography series by Morgan and Lester.
    these camera w____s would do just about any thing for a buck OR they supported their customers by accommodating their wants.

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    and i'll further correct myself, the graflok back was introduced in 1949 and became standard by 1951.
    See: http://www.graflex.org/speed-graphic...ml#GraflokBack

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