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    Speed Grahic flash. Does anyone still use?

    I found a bunch of 5 and 25 series bulds and been thinking about using them on my Speed Graphic. It's been years (a lot of 'em) since I used bulbs on my Mom's old Kodak. Anyone still use bulbs? Why? Or should I just sell my old three cell holder for to a Star Wars fan for a light laser and use my strobe?
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    My brother bought a life-time supply of bulbs about a year ago. You might say, "well, no bulbs is a life-time supply!"

    Anyway, they give out a ton of light. Check the guide numbers for them. Ouch!

    Also, if you want to sync to the body (curtain) shutter in your speed, you will need the bulbs.

    Matt

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    Deffinitely try them, especially at a gathering of people. Make sure you have them all look at the camera when you trip the shutter ;-)

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    John, (J & C) has them in stock...good for street stuff...the vintage Wee Gee look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichSBV
    Deffinitely try them, especially at a gathering of people. Make sure you have them all look at the camera when you trip the shutter ;-)
    I remember as a kid getting family portraits done. We would all say "catch the cookie" as the afterburn image of the flash floated in our eyes.

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    We were after some flashcubes to try out with a Rollei A110, and asked a local photodealer we know if he had any. He said he'd put aside any that turned up. A few months later he gave us a HUGE bag of asorted cubes and bulbs including some BIG ones - No charge :-) We still haven't had a chance to sort them out yet (but if there's a fire in our house that room is TOASTED!).

    There are plenty around. Why not try them out? Either for fun, or figure out a way to use them in a way thats different to the shot you'd get with electronic flash - a long(er) exposure perhaps?

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajianphotos
    I found a bunch of 5 and 25 series bulds and been thinking about using them on my Speed Graphic. It's been years (a lot of 'em) since I used bulbs on my Mom's old Kodak. Anyone still use bulbs? Why? Or should I just sell my old three cell holder for to a Star Wars fan for a light laser and use my strobe?

    Hell, let the Star Wars fans fabricate their own light sabres, don't give up pieces of history -- useable pieces of history, yet, to those ends.

    Aside from the reasons that have already been mentioned to use flash bulbs, you'll know the instant you use one and you here that POP...sizzle that the sound of a flashbulb augments the soul... well, at least comforts it. :)

    -KwM-

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarey
    I remember as a kid getting family portraits done. We would all say "catch the cookie" as the afterburn image of the flash floated in our eyes.

    Matt
    Reading this reminded me of something that, as a kid, I loved about flash bulbs... the smell! Yeah, it sounds strange, but I always liked the smell of a just fired Press 25...

    OK, I'm weird...
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    I use them for cave photography. I have a small stock (~100-125) right now in various strengths, and wouldn't give them up for anything.

    - Randy

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    it probably bears mentioning that http://flashbulbs.com/ carries an extensive inventory of new stock (not recently manufactured, but bulbs that have never been sold to end-users).

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