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    I think it should be a rule on Flickr:

    After you've taken lots of pics of your old film camera with your new digital SLR - you then have to stick some film in the old film camera and post the pictures at the end.

    (I was just itching to see what the 'Big Bertha' could produce ;-)
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    I thought the Home Portrait Graflex was a 5x7.

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    That is heck of a camera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhcfires View Post
    I thought the Home Portrait Graflex was a 5x7.

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    I think these were generally made with 5x7" Graflex cameras, because they were big enough to mount the lenses, but were used with 4x5" backs. I suspect the long lens barrels may have vignetted the image on 5x7", and they were likely to be cropping from the 4x5" frame anyway.
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    I a suit no less...

    I like that the photographer pictured in the PS Bertha article was wearing a suit too!

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    Here I go...

    Hogwsh! @ Goldfarb. quoting "I suspect the long lens barrels may have vignetted the image on 5x7", and they were likely to be cropping from the 4x5" frame anyway."

    The barrel is just a way to mount the lens and keep stray light out... has nothing to do with coverage. I had a similar lens (not that long of focal length) and it could illuminate WP just fine. let alone the 5x7 it was designed for.

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    The owner of the camera I saw said that the vignetting never showed on his pictures, though in truth he's a collector more than a photographer, I think.
    In a related story: at the recent PHSNE Photographica, I was convinced to take a 4x5 RB off the hands of another dealer at a low cost ($50) that I then turned around and gave to another dealer because I had too many projects. It had a way big flange for the lens mount that was pretty obviously factory installed in that it wasn't attached to the front but was the main front standard of the camera, welded in as all of them are. And there was no flip-up door, no broken hinge or place where one had been. I mean the threaded opening was well over 75mm. In looking up the Big Bertha last night, I found that the Graflex site has a few pictures of 4x5 versions made by the factory with 20" Wollensak telephoto lenses. Here is a George Eastman House page on one. I wonder if the one I passed on was a body from one of these.

    Turns out the other projects I bought (5x7 and 8x10 view camera bodies that need work) are less likely to be interesting in the long run than the one that got away... I guess it works out like that sometimes.

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    Hmmmm, I remember that camera. I think your speculation may be spot on!
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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