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    I'm now an LFer as well.

    Picked this guy up at work, my employer made me a good offer. Heres a quick picture of the front and back.




    Now I know I can use a polaroid back because it just slides into whatever a standard 4x5 sheet holder will slide into. But I'm curious about the possibility of a roll back ( not that I would ever really need one , except on a 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 graflex), since the back does not seem to be a graf-lok (spelling?) back where the ground glass can come off completely like I've seen on some speed graphics and such.

    The camera says its a Crown Graphic (Serial # 955297), has a synchronized rangefinder (I assume it works for all lens if I pull the lens board upto the two notches poped up on the rails), a Graflex Optar f/4.7 135mm lens, with a (X) Synchromatic "Made by Wollensak for Graflex Inc". Shutter ranges from T,B, 1 to 400. Also do they have adapters to go from the two prong to PC-sync style flash sync cable?

    But ya, now I shoot almost everything from half frame 35mm, 35mm, 120 (6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9),and now 4x5.
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    Take a look at the Calumet roll film backs, they slide in just like the Polaroid ones do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glbeas View Post
    Take a look at the Calumet roll film backs, they slide in just like the Polaroid ones do.
    Hrm not exactly a cheap item from the look of it. But seems to be a Calumet C2, will do 6x7 off the back of most 4x5 even if they do not have a graflok back. Even on Keh.com a bargain grade one is 144$.
    Last edited by kb244; 09-22-2006 at 08:45 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Have fun with it Karl, it looks like it's in very good condition. It's a great camera to start and you can also hand hold or use a tripod.

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    It doesn't look like a graflock back tho; can the non-graflock be converted anyway ?
    I have a Crown Graphic also as my first and only LF shooter, it's terrific fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb244 View Post
    Hrm not exactly a cheap item from the look of it. But seems to be a Calumet C2, will do 6x7 off the back of most 4x5 even if they do not have a graflok back. Even on Keh.com a bargain grade one is 144$.
    You can find them on Ebay quite often cheaper than that, just don't get to pining for a 6x12 back, they are real expensive and IMO not worth the money. Some of them also have had film flatness issues.
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    Congratulations Karl! Have fun. I hope you'll post some of your results.

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    By the way, I've installed my DLS-BEEEEEEP at the back of the crown, to see how the Optar "kit" lens really performed. I was quite surprised to see it's actualy very good, even by "digital" standard. I've seen a lot worse in the 35mm "dedicated" 135mm I tried before.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/buze/242278625/

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    Great camera and one of the best ways to get started in LF. If you have not found it yet, this site: http://www.graflex.org/ has about everything you will need to know about graflex cameras.

    Have fun.
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    Oh dang it! I want one of those! I'm green with envy. Have fun with it

    pssttt... I have a Horseman LE that I'll trade...

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