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    Check out this article. A newshound has packed away his digital camera and found success. And guess what he was using? An old Speed Graphic! This should make Ian Greant happy.

    http://digitaljournalist.org./issue0...s_burnett.html
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    Boy, wait until he discovers what that thing on the side with the two holes in the front can do. Then the fun starts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Boy, wait until he discovers what that thing on the side with the two holes in the front can do. Then the fun starts!
    Eh? Could you enlighten me? I'm a Speed Graphic neophyte, so I'm not sure what the two holes are for. Or were you referring to the Rollei? I'm so confused!

    And that story was great! Glad to see a bit of the 'old' technology still being used. Any sort of print we can get is a good thing these days, with Kodak going through their restructuring...too bad that most people viewing the cover won't know it was taken with a 4x5...
    Cheers!

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    He's referring to the two holes on the front of the rangefinder - and commenting on the photographer's seeming problems with focus in the article.

    I've shot my Speed handheld in a fast moving situation. I was very surprised at how difficult it was to keep in focus. Too much time shooting with easily focused TV cameras, I guess. But I would think focusing on a politician giving a speech at a lectern would be simple - if one knows how to use a rangefinder. I'm glad to see someone, though, is still using Graflex cameras as they were intended.
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    Juan has it. The great thing about a rangefinder camera is the rangefinder for situations like the one's he's shooting in. Otherwise, why not just shoot 8x10"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdef
    I have a Crown Graphic, and for shooting a moving target, it's hard to beat a flashbulb, hyperfocal focussing and the sports finder, ala Weegee.
    Jdef has it right for hand-held shooting. The range finder is fine for a slow moving or stationary object.

    That was a great little article. Thanks EricR. Graphics Still Rule!!

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    great article. I'm gonna have to go looking for some of his photos.

    Rather timely I'd say as just this last weekend I decided (with some coaxing from Eric and Erna) to try using my old speed graphic handheld for a while.
    I've got a few sheets to develop. If they look good I'll probably use it for a shoot I've got this weekend (as well as my Rollei)

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    David's site... checkt the politcs 2004 portfolio to see the 4x5 work

    http://www.davidburnett.com/


    Cheers,
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    At last - someone else using real cameras!



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    Zone focusing, a small aperture, and flash are the thing for something that is really moving around, but many of these shots are of candidates giving speeches, moving enough that it's helpful to be able to check focus with the rangefinder, but not so much that zone focusing is necessary, and he's using mostly wide apertures to isolate the subject.

    On the other hand, that picture in the article shows the lens tilted way back for even tighter selective focus, so in that case, groundglass focusing is the only option.
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