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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    Interesting yours is slightly larger than the 4X5 in the Central catalog. I really wonder if your body was available with a 4X5 back. I assume the back is removable to change from horizontal to vertical. If you could find a 4X5 version with a trashed bellows for cheap, the back might fit your camera.
    Yes, the back unclips and rotates any direction; the four corners of the back are reinforced with steel tabs that engage the hasps that attach the back. Interesting... the back and the body are stamped with "87"; never noticed that before. Looks like an original back. Did they ever offer a range of backs with a single camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    I would shoot 3X4 for awhile and see if you like the camera though. The 3 lb. weight is the really nice feature. The 1/2" larger lensboard size may seem trivial, but with such a small board, at some point you will appreciate the extra 1/2". I have even made a "sandwich" lensboard with a slightly larger board out in front of the small board in order to fit a lens mounting ring that was too big for the stock board.
    It is even lighter than my Crown Graphic, but not quite as fast to use, that is for sure.

    I have a soft spot for oddball formats, so I will certainly give it a go.

    I couldn't see how to remove the lensboard short of unscrewing the chrome strip along the top edge of the front standard; what am I missing?


    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    As I said before, newer holders may work, but check the registration with the groundglass to make sure the distance is the same. If you end up buying some holders that don't fit, it will give you an excuse to buy another camera to use them with.
    Well, I agree but since a 4x5 and a 3.25 x 4.25 have waltzed into this house in the last month, I'm not so sure that will fly at the moment... but it can always be brought up later!

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    I see Gundlach catalogs on eBay fairly often, but I think they sell for a bit. You might email a seller and see if a particular catalog shows a 3X4 Series V before you buy.
    Good idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    To me, what really makes your Korona worthwhile is the Graphic viewfinder and side handle. I have a 5X7 Premo No.9 I've always want to modify like this.
    It could be useful; can't wait to find out!

    Thanks!
    Frank

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    My last post, I tried the "Reply with quotes" which didn't work at all. This forum has more options and modes than a autofocus SLR. I can't run those either.

    Anyway, reducing backs were commonly offered for view cameras. I suspect this wasn't the case with the Korona V type camera, but I can easily see the same body sold with different size backs as either a 3X4 or 4X5. If that is true, the back from a 4X5 V may fit right onto your body. Unless you already have an orphan 4X5 back to adapt to your body , buying a trashed 4X5 V is probably the cheapest way to do this. If there is Someone who thinks you are buying too many cameras, explain I told someone on another forum this morning he needs to get an 8X10 camera. I haven't given you that advice (not yet anyway).

    As to removing the lensboard, it is possible it is a fixed board, but Central Camera listed the size for boards, which implies removable boards. Try lifting the lens and board straight up and see if the board moves. There may be a spring above the board pushing it down into the bottom retaining slot. Lift up against the spring, then swing the bottom of the board out. I've got a Graflex or something that works this way.

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    Len, if you take the quote block on the end of the other person's response and paste it at the end of sentences you want to reply to, it will open a "hole" in the html and allow you to respond in a different type face. The trick is to preface the block of text with a head quote block and a tail quote block (just cut and paste copied in) and be sure you do that to every block you want to reply to and respond in between. Hope that wasn't too confusing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    (snip) Unless you already have an orphan 4X5 back to adapt to your body , buying a trashed 4X5 V is probably the cheapest way to do this. If there is Someone who thinks you are buying too many cameras, explain I told someone on another forum this morning he needs to get an 8X10 camera. I haven't given you that advice (not yet anyway).
    You are what my wife calls an "enabler". Actually, I am lucky in that SHE often says, "Why don't you get it, looks like fun"! She's just as dangerous and its bad for our bank account; the tellers, they cry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    As to removing the lensboard, it is possible it is a fixed board, but Central Camera listed the size for boards, which implies removable boards. Try lifting the lens and board straight up and see if the board moves. There may be a spring above the board pushing it down into the bottom retaining slot. Lift up against the spring, then swing the bottom of the board out. I've got a Graflex or something that works this way.
    Doh. OK there you go -- push UP. See pix (again sorry for crappy web cam). Looks like this camera has had a LOT of various lenses in its life. The board inside the standard has what appears to be a "25" stamped on it but the lens board has a "6R", or now I am thinking, a "68" stamped on it and lots of gouges and tears from mounting and unmounting lenses.

    You could knock an eagle out of the sky with that Wollensak lens and pneumatic shutter! It is quite substantial...

    Frank
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    I can't say my wife encourages my camera mania, but she has horses, so nothing I do is quite as bad by comparison. For the most part, she is oblivious. There is a new Speed Graphic on our dining room table and she hasn't said a word. Of course it sort of blends in with the other four that were already there. We seldom actually dine on that table.

    I'm glad I guessed right on the lens board removal. You may be surprised how good the Wollensak lens is. There is a movement on now toward a classic/soft focus "look", so if the lens isn't razor sharp, you have a fallback position there. If that old shutter has a low top speed, you may need to use orange, red, or ND filters to shoot in normal daylight.

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    Well, it certainly is NOT a native 3 1/4 x 4 1/4; even though the ground glass is marked for that film size, the film holders are far too short for a light tight fit.

    By the way, the holders are mint, with the Gunlach stamp on the inside hinge of the darkslide flap, so they are the real thing...

    The height of the frame (assuming a horizontal format) is right, but the length of the full GG is a full 5 1/2 inches.

    OK, so is it 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches or 8 x 14mm?

    Were Koronas made in Metric Plate/film sizes?

    Is 8 x 14mm a standard Metric Plate or Film size?

    Interestinger and interestinger...

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    It sure sounds likely you have a 3 1/4 X 5 1/2" "Postcard" size back. I looked in McKeown's Price Guide and he gives this as one of the size available for Korona plate cameras. I suspect this is an uncommon size, although I do see film holders this size on eBay now and then. The problem will be whether all holders this film size have the same outside dimensions, and will fit your camera. And some eBay sellers aren't going to list these holders giving the correct size. Searching "wood holder" or "wooden holder" in the Photography category will turn up some eventually. You certainly bought yourself countless hours of entertainment when you bid on that camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Robertson
    It sure sounds likely you have a 3 1/4 X 5 1/2" "Postcard" size back. I looked in McKeown's Price Guide and he gives this as one of the size available for Korona plate cameras. I suspect this is an uncommon size, although I do see film holders this size on eBay now and then. The problem will be whether all holders this film size have the same outside dimensions, and will fit your camera. And some eBay sellers aren't going to list these holders giving the correct size. Searching "wood holder" or "wooden holder" in the Photography category will turn up some eventually. You certainly bought yourself countless hours of entertainment when you bid on that camera.
    Len,

    Sorry I keep missing your replies in this thread for some reason!

    I was about to post the very same information, when I returned and found your last posting.

    Sorry!

    Here is the link for the camera that clued me in on the auction site.

    You are right! Maybe I should just buy the folder and share the holders between them IF they can be converted to film.

    Thanks for all the help Len!

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