Thanks, Gordon. I won't even ruffle my bangs any more over nodal point issues - more like non-issues - but I will see if I can figure out how to check the focus on the lens. I'll leave all nodal point fixes to Ken Ruth, as he routinely does that sort of stuff to Panarams (and I suppose that shop up in NYC does, too). I don't understand what the nodal point of a lens is anyhoo.
Now, what would be a good flexible stuff to use as a "ground glass" on the curved film plane to check to see if it is properly focused. Since it is my understanding that Panoram lens is about an f11 or f16, will one be able to see the GG image well enough to check the focus . . . no doubt a dark cloth will be needed in any case. Next, I gotta figure out how to get the lens out of the tube. I removed the hood from the front, and see that it seems to clamp the lens in place, as the lens flopped around loose in the tube when I unscrewed the hood. However, I could not get the lens to come out of the tube from the front, so I will try removing the "cone" and see if it comes out from the rear.
I'm not familiar with MSC Industrial Supply Co., so I'll check them out tomorrow. Now, on the other hand, I do know good old McMaster-Carr; they seem to sell every type of hardware known to man, so I consider them my buddies . . . a DIYer's toy store! I think I mentioned early in this thread that they have the same level as used on the Panorams ----> go to page 2240. There the little sucker is, for $12.50. (oh well, it's in chrome rather than nickel)
I also need to get some new screws to replace the 10 that hold the front metal plate on the camera. Mine are badly rusted and some have even become very thin with no threads left on them. I would like to replace them, preferably with stainless steel (though I'll take what I can get), but I am not knowledgeable about how different screws are identified. What would be the correct type and size that I should ask for to order those screws?
It seems that I just keep coming up with more questions, so I don't know if I am making progress or just getting thoroughly confused. Thank God I am not trying to work on something complicated, like a SLR.
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