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    Graphic w/polaroid back - What would I need?

    Hi All,

    Looking to get set up with a 4x5 for doing some work with the 4X5 Fuji instant films. I'd like some movements and some portability so I was figuring on a Speed/Crown Graphic with a Fuji PA-45 back. Problem is I know nothing about these cameras so I'm not sure what model to be looking for and was hoping for some advice on which model and any lens suggestions (I tend towards a wide normal or medium tele with my lenses).

    I know some have a built in shutter but I'm not a fan of the whole Petzval, soft focus, old lens stuff so that isn't a deal breaker.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Jim

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    What type of imagery... landscapes, architecture, portraits? How much coverage will your lenses have for movements... what FL's will you have?

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    Portraits and trains with a touch of landscape. I haven't picked a lens yet so I was hoping for some suggestions there too. I don't need crazy movements mostly just rise and fall with a touch of shift.

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    That's an ecclectic mix. Do you expect to shoot ultra-wide or very long lenses? The Graphic press cameras have a bit of rise/fall but shift isn't available on any of them except the Super Graphics, IIRC. Do you care about utilizing the rangefinder or are you composing via GG?

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    My 1953 Speed Graphic has a touch of rise & a touch of shift. Touch is the right word. Maybe 1/2 inch of shift and 1" of rise. Someone who has actually measured such things can tell us exactly. You can approximate fall by dropping the bed and tilting the lens back to vertical. The 127mm Ektar lens that comes on many of these Oldies But Goodies is plenty sharp, slightly wide (kinda like a 35mm-40mm lens on 35mm film) and has just enough image circle to accommodate the Speed's limited movements. A nice, cheap way to enter 4x5.

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    I have used a 105mm lens on the Speed without difficulty. You will run out of bellows for a telephoto lens at 13". 12"/305mm is a stretch. 8"/210mm is comfortable. In fact, you can get very close to or equal to 1:1 with a 7 7/8" lens.
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    and another thing...........

    The Polaroid 550 holder works with Fujiroid 4x5 material. Polaroid 405 (somebody verify that number) with Fujiroid 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" products.
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    The Anniverary 4x5 SG has 345mm of bellows ext., the longest of any other Graflex Press model, according to the graflex.org website. Don't know if that matters.

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    Mike:

    My goto focal lengths across formats seem to be about the same, in 35 it's 35mm and 75-85mm. Shift is not really necessary so it's not a huge deal, again I know little about these cams so I didn't realize shift wasn't really an option. I'd probably use the GG to compose.

    Wayne:

    the 127 sounds great as does the 210mm. Thanks for the tip on the 550 holder too, makes the market a little wider when you have more options.

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    Jim,

    A good option for an 8" lens is the Ektar 203mm f7.7 (or Kodak Anastigmat 203mm). It can cover 5x7 with a little movement and is sharpest wide open. Makes a nice complement to the 127mm Ektar.

    Look for a Pacemaker Graphic (Speed or Crown) with a Graflok back. The Speed's rear shutter adds weight and increases the depth of the body (which might be a problem with wider lenses - at 90mm, the front standard on my speed is just clear of the body)

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    Do you routinely crop your 135 film to 8x10 or do you print FF 6.7x10? This makes a difference regarding what you do with 4x5 (crop or not) and choice of FL's.

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