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Gary C



Joined: 09 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently inherited a National Graflex. I was able to identify it from my copy of Graphic Graflex Photography. I am having difficulty opening the body of the camera, as though I was going to load film, and would like to check with someone familiar with this camera. There are two sliding buttons on the bottom of the camera. I assume that sliding them to "O" means open and the "C" means closed. However, the bottom won't come out after I slide them to the "O" position. There is also a sliding button on the right side with a red windows that displays either a "C" or nothing. I don't know what the purpose is of this side button. Is there something more I should be doing other than sliding the two buttons on the bottom? The bottom isn't budging so I suspect there is something else that I need to be doing. Thank you.
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Les



Joined: 09 May 2001
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Location: Detroit, MI

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope somebody can answer accurately, as I don't have a Nat'l Graflex, but I would think sliding the chrome piece to the "O" position would be enough. The sliding button on the back merely puts a metal curtain behind the red door so light won't fog the film.

The only other thing I can think of is a pin that holds the film spool in place may have to be pulled in order to open the door. It doesn't seem likely though.

Les
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disemjg



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two buttons on the bottom are indeed the back release. Slide them to "O" and the back should slide off.

I seem to remember that when I first got the camera the buttons were very stiff and did not want to release. Work at them and wiggle the back and it will eventually come off. The buttons have male plugs that slide in the sheetmetal base of the camera, and they could easily bind in their slots if they have not been moved in many years. You can also try rotating them as they are supposed to spin freely.
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Gary C



Joined: 09 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your suggestions worked, thank you for the replies. The buttons were stiff and the way I was holding the camera was keeping the base from sliding away from the rest of the camera body.

I would have responded sooner but I was having troubles signing onto this site for quite a while. I'm not sure what was going on, but this is the first I've been on-line here for a while.
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Thomas Evans



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:46 am    Post subject: National Graflex Manual Reply with quote

Mike Butkus has made a copy of the National Graflex Manual available at his website http://66.49.230.119/pdf_files/national_graflex_ii.pdf and only asks users to consider a donation.
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