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    Graflex Press Cameras

    I spotted a small collection of Graflex cameras in an auction.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...lenotsupported

    This got me thinking. Would the small size of a press 4 x 5 make up for the lack of swings, etc..
    I am mostly thinking of a backpacking camera for landscapes. What about the typical lens on these? Would a 135mm cover the edges of a 4x5 without falloff?

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    135mm would cover fine. Personally, I have nothing but positive things to say about the Graflex press 4x5s, they are a good investment and a lot of fun. The later coated Graphex lenses as well as the Ektars are actually really good too. If you are looking for a landscape camera, this is fine, as you probably won't be swinging a whole lot anyway.
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    Speedographic?
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    Haha, so much for anybody getting a deal on that lot now..

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Pritchard View Post
    I spotted a small collection of Graflex cameras in an auction.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...lenotsupported

    This got me thinking. Would the small size of a press 4 x 5 make up for the lack of swings, etc..
    I am mostly thinking of a backpacking camera for landscapes. What about the typical lens on these? Would a 135mm cover the edges of a 4x5 without falloff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    Speedographic?
    That's the rare underwater version. It has the fast lens, too.

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    you only see them around pools though....too embarrasing to bring the speed-o-graphic to the beach (well, except in Europe).

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    What a huge lot! I spotted two Speed Graphics, a probable B&J Press, an RB67, at least one enlarger, two timers, and who knows what else in a 389lb pallet. Pity they didn't break it up a bit. I always wonder with these whether someone has a local connection with the government agency, as they could make so much more by breaking it up so that shipping wasn't in the $400 range.

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    I can get a cheap round ticket air fare for about $250. Rental car adds $50. What is Oregon like this time of year?

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    I think in backpacking 4x5 that a Graphic is good, depending on the what else your carrying and how far. If it's say 10+ miles I'd probably go with a Quick Load system thats lighter. The camera does usually weight in at +/- 6lbs plus stuff and some of that stuff is a tripod, and don't forget that water isn't light if your in arid territory. Watch when buying an appropriate lens for the general distance of the vista. Usually a couple of lenses are best to cover short and long. If you want to go light without spending alot of money a 2x3 Graphic might do better, albeit in a smaller format.
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    I backpack with a Speed Graphic - works great! They are very fun cameras to use, and are very durable.

    Those ones in the photos look like they are the older type with the spring backs instead of the Graflok backs, though.

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