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3 1/4 x 4 1/4 R.B. Graflex Series B

 
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office888



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am tempted to acquire a near-mint condition Graflex series B, but it's lacking a lens. This would be my first 3x4 camera AND my first R.B. Graflex.

Could somebody suggest a low-cost lens? I'm leaning towards a Kodak Anastigmat, but I'm not sure what MM is best.

Thanks,
Richard

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t.r.sanford



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess is that the 3x4 "Series B" would have been supplied with a lens of about 6 ins. focal length. The 2x3 non-rotating back model came with a 127mm., and my old "RB" was supplied with a 135mm. "Kodak Anastigmat" lens. The "Super D" in 3x4 format came with a 152mm. "Ektar."

For general use, the trick would seem to be finding the shortest FL in a "Series B" screw mount that will allow you to focus at infinity, given the body depth. The RB models had deeper bodies.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#32 (6 3/8") is the lens that will fit the >fixed screw threads< on the "B" model RB
3 1/4 x 4 1/4,
working distance 24".......Bert

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office888



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking about buying a Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Tele-Xenar f:4/135mm. Would this work? If not, what are some other suggestions?

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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On 2004-06-21 20:12, office888 wrote:
I'm thinking about buying a Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Tele-Xenar f:4/135mm. Would this work? If not, what are some other suggestions?

Won't work, its too short. Won't clear the Graflex' mirror.

Take Bert's advice, get the right lens. If you're determined to get the wrong lens, get one whose focal length is at least 6 3/8" (162 mm) and that is NOT a telephoto lens. Then have an adapter made so that you can attach the lens to the camera AND it will focus to infinity.

I have a heap of adapters made by SKGrimes. Steve's dead, alas, but the firm is still in business and continues to do good work. I'm sure there are other photographer's machinists, just can't find 'em when I want one.

Cheers,

Dan
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t.r.sanford



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Retina Tele-Xenar" was designed for a 35mm. camera and would not cover 3x4, even if the back focus were not an issue -- which it certainly is. You need something that will produce an image circle about 5 ins. in diameter.
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