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    graflex home portrait help

    I just recently got a graflex home portrait 5x7 camera, but the handle on it was replaced with a home made one, and I would like to put one on that's a little more substantial and closer to the original one. I've never seen an original one or image of one either. Does anyone out there have a home portrait with an original handle? Could you snap a few jpegs and send them to me? It would be very helpful.
    I just developed the first batch of film from it ,and it's going to be a great camera to work with. I'm shooting with a 10" f3.5 ross xpress lense, and the first shoots wer done wide open, which is how I hope to use it most. Geat look.
    Thanks! Jamie Young

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    For a mere pittance, Bert Saunders of Graflex.org fame will fabricate a new handle for you. Go to graflex.org under the "reflex help" section. Bert's contact info is also called out in this .pdf file:

    http://www.wphsociety.org/WPHS_XIII-06.pdf

    Bert is the world's greatest by the way!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie young View Post
    I just recently got a graflex home portrait 5x7 camera, but the handle on it was replaced with a home made one, and I would like to put one on that's a little more substantial and closer to the original one. ...Thanks! Jamie Young

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    In general, if you need a handle for an older LF camera, dog collars do pretty well!

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    Thanks
    I'm in contact with Bert, who is very helpful, but may not have an original handle template to work with. I still need to find out what I'm making or having made and need to find someone willing to take a few jpegs for me of an original. No doubt I could rig something up like the handle that it came with, but would rather do it right, and keep the original look and feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon koss View Post
    For a mere pittance, Bert Saunders of Graflex.org fame will fabricate a new handle for you. Go to graflex.org under the "reflex help" section. Bert's contact info is also called out in this .pdf file:

    http://www.wphsociety.org/WPHS_XIII-06.pdf

    Bert is the world's greatest by the way!!

    Jon

    yeah, bert is the cat's meeeeow --
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    out of wood, and charged me very little ...

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    jamie,

    my original 'home portrait' handle was in sad shape also. the original handle has a built up center section. it is ~ 1/4" thick at the ends and 3/8" in the center. i had a replica made at a leather repair shop. they did a nice job but i paid $$$ for it.

    the original handle is attached with an 1/8" diameter brass rivet through the handle at one end and a leather loop at the other end. the leather loop is attached to the camera with two small brass rivets.

    you will have to drill out the brass rivets.

    i decided it would be much easier to re-attach the handle with brass (6-32) socket cap screws. these are available from mcmaster carr. i replaced the leather loop with a brass hoop that you can get from a hardware/restoration store.

    i will forward a photo of the new handle on the camera in a couple of days. i don't have a digital camera with me now.

    pete

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    I just e-mailed Bert Saunders, and he offered to make a new handle and attach it to the top of my Press Graflex (I'll ship the top to him) for a very reasonable price, and with considerable enthusiasm. He really seems to love restoring Graflex cameras.
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    A graflex collector is willing to send soms jpegs as well and help me with it. I'll probably talk to Bert about it's construction then, as well as a bunch of other handles I need made. Thanks all for your help! I'm really enjoying shooting with the big slrs, and will finally have some time to do a lot of portraits with them this fall. Between finding the right lenses, holders, bag mags, etc, it's been a challenge to get everything together.

    Jamie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie young View Post
    A graflex collector is willing to send soms jpegs as well and help me with it. I'll probably talk to Bert about it's construction then, as well as a bunch of other handles I need made. Thanks all for your help! I'm really enjoying shooting with the big slrs, and will finally have some time to do a lot of portraits with them this fall. Between finding the right lenses, holders, bag mags, etc, it's been a challenge to get everything together.

    Jamie
    jamie,

    i will look to see if I still have what's left of the original handle. if so, i can send it to you if you want it. it will give you an outline for sizing the handle.

    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I just e-mailed Bert Saunders, and he offered to make a new handle and attach it to the top of my Press Graflex (I'll ship the top to him) for a very reasonable price, and with considerable enthusiasm. He really seems to love restoring Graflex cameras.
    i wish i had known about bert earlier. it's great to have resources like him.

    pete

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