Did you think, as had most of us,
that revolving backs were mostly restricted to the SLR's? GHQ subscriber
Ken Metcalf has found an exception...
4x5 RB Speed Graphic
by Ken Metcalf
I recently purchased the 4x5 "Pre-anniversary" Speed
Graphic (SN 230205, circa 1936-1939) shown in the accompanying photographs.
The camera is fitted with a 127mm Ektar Flash Supermatic shutter manufactured
in 1946, mounted on a metal lensboard with the name "H. G. REIP" stamped
in an oval recess in the lensboard casting.
The camera has a 3-l/4x4-l/4 revolving Graphic-style hack that appears
to be factory or professionally done. The lens easily focuses to infinity
even with the shorter focal length lens and added back depth
The most interesting part to me is the chart on the back of the camera.
It appears professionally done, suggesting that more than one chart and/or
camera was made or modified But why? I cannot figure out the meaning of
the chart (see page 2)
I would like to learn more about the camera. Does any subscriber have
a similar one? How was the chart used, and does anyone have an idea of
the type of photography this would have been used for or who the photographer
THE PRESS: Tim Holden has some comments about this camera
It occurs to me that the camera may have been manufactured in 1938, but
not modified until 1946 - the date of the lens, and possibly the time,
also, that the tubular finder was added. Is the chart in fact for depth-of-field?
It was one of a batch of 750 made in the spring of 1938
Tim was working for (Graflex at the time, but does not recall a special
run of this adaptation
He suspects that it was produced in Rochester, either as an experimental
camera, or was modified in Graflex' Service Dept., "a situation that often
The "depth of field plate" was not of Graflex origin
Chart from the back of the RB Speed Graphic
[Click on an image to see a larger view of it.]
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Reprinted by permission. from GHQ.