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    Here's a continuation article on the news photographer who switched to a Speed Graphic. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...iper/index.htm
    I recently added a Crown Graphic to my photo tools, and have been making stupid mistakes with it. Each camera has its own idiosyncracies even within the Graflex 4X5 offerings. Ed Weston, in his Daybooks, uses a Gaflex in a fashion similiar to a digital snapshooter - for those quick shots of Tina sunbathing, etc.. It's sobering to think of a Graflex as a hand-held, easy-to-use camera.
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    If it's any consolation, Weston was using a Graflex SLR, not a Graphic press camera.
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    A Graflex SLR in 1924? Quote from "A personal Way of Seeing" tour:
    Weston’s preferred apparatus was an 8 x 10 view camera, tripod-mounted, which he used for landscapes and still life. But as films were slow and exposures long – often three to four hours or more –he used a 3¼ x 4¼ Graflex for portraits and nudes. This smaller and more mobile hand-held camera allowed him to work more quickly. His favourite lens was a ‘slow rectilinear costing $5.00’, though he remarked, ‘of course I have no objection to the finest apparatus procurable, and a fully corrected lens is sometimes a necessity’. However, he chose not to use a light meter, explaining that ‘I dislike to figure out time, and find my exposures more accurate when only felt’.
    Though a 3X4 Graflex is smaller than a 4X5, any Speed Graphic is not light.
    Btw, does anyone know what enlarger Weston used ( Steve Anchell, in recent Camera Arts article, mistakenly said Weston only used a lightbulb for all his prints)?
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    Yes, a Graflex SLR in addition to his 8x10" camera. If I remember correctly, there is even a picture of him using it in v. 2 of the Daybooks. To enlarge his 3x4 and later 4x5 negs for contact printing he made enlarged negatives with the 8x10" camera. He did not use an enlarger. As far as I know, Weston never used a Graphic press camera.
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    Thanks for info on Graflex SLR ( forgot about difference between a graflex & graphic models). Doesn't look any easier to use than a press camera.

    In Mexico section of his daybooks, Weston frequently mentions using an enalrger; but never mentions brand or technique. Saw citation from Adams' letters saying he thought Weston didn't own an enlarger after returning from Mexico.
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    Beaumont Newhall's note at the end of Book I of the _Daybooks_ ("Mexico", p. 206), states that Weston made enlarged negatives from the 3x4 Graflex negs using a glass interpositive and that he "never printed by projection."

    I don't think I've seen an original Edward Weston print larger than 8x10", though I've seen some that were obviously contacts from the 3x4 negs (sometimes cropped), 8x10" contacts, or 8x10" contacts from enlarged negs.

    I can't seem to pin down that shot of Weston stalking through a field with his 3x4 Graflex SLR, but it's pretty well known and shouldn't be hard to turn up. There are some shots on the web with Weston and an 8x10" camera (Seneca, I believe), mislabeled "Edward Weston and his Graflex."
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    I love my Speed Graphic. It's fast, precise and has a great lens. Also, it got me back into 4x5 for about $200. I'll never give it up.
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    I cut my photographic teeth on a Graflex while doing my time in the Navy. Wow what a camera, that thing took pictures better then anything I have seen today. If you want to learn photography then the Graflex is the perfect tool. Thanks for the memories

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    And they make such wonderful doorstops.
    Regards Dave.

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