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    Hi Aggie. Still no film developed from the workshop!! Shutters: Shiny new ones that say COPAL will work reliably for quite a while if you keep them clean. Old ones that say other things on them mostly don't....unless you're mechanically gifted and have jewelers tools and lots of patience. And time! What are they for??? They let the picture in of course.
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    Here's the thread about the discontinuation of Compur and Prontor shutters from photo.net:

    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...?msg_id=004WFB

    That is not to say that there aren't still Prontor and Compur shutters in stock, but my impression is that they are no longer producing new ones.
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    Since it was from Bob Solomon, we'd better believe him. OTOH, new shutters are still in monochrom's 2004 catalouge...
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    Compur shutters work better with slide film and Copal shutters work better with negative film. A copal #1 works best with black and white versus the #0 which works best with color film. The old compound shutters will normally operate only when either Super XX or Royal Pan is in the film holder. Don't ask me why, it is just the way it is.



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    If you are going to take a good shutter apart I would advise having SK Grimes address handy. I have read many posts on LF forums about mechanically gifted LF photographers who thought they could tackle disassembling and CLA a shutter, only to end up sending all the pieces to the folks at Grimes to be reassembled.

    However, if you have an old or broken shutter around, it is kind of interesting to take one apart just to see how they are put together and work.

    Sk Grimes and Jim Galvin can adapt most any modern barrel lens (1930+) into a shutter.This mostly relates to people who purchase an older lens like a Goerz, Ektar, or process lens and want to use a new shutter, usually a Copal. It just takes money. Because of the machining and adapters required to make the proper fit it may cost as much to fit the lens as the lens itself cost. In 4x5 it seems to me to almost always make more sense to buy a new or relatively new lens in shutter.

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    I can't resist adding to Clay's wisdom. Ilex shutters only seem to work with Ansco film. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim68134
    I have read many posts on LF forums about mechanically gifted LF photographers who thought they could tackle disassembling and CLA a shutter,
    That's me!! As with many fine pieces of mechanical genius, there's a couple things about shutters that aren't obvious. Besides, I quit after losing two screws, something I don't normally lose.

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    I never lose screws. I just end up with more then I started with.

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    Melles Griot, sure enough, exists at www.mellesgriot.com, but I couldn't find any reference to shutters on their website. They make all kinds of optical equipment.
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