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zmanphotog



Joined: 04 Jan 2003
Posts: 23
Location: Oklahoma

PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am wanting to start shooting with my Speed Graphic Pacemaker and really don't want to use flashbulbs. But, I would like for my camera to still look very retro using some type of strobe unit that would give me the same results of a powerful bulb unit. Any suggesions? Are there Strobe units that would have reflectors similar to the old graflex bulb units that would work with my Pacemaker, and still have the appearance as an old news camera? I just don't want to use a Nikon strobe, etc. to take away from the retro appearance. An internal battery unit would be nice, but if I have to get something with an external battery pack that would work too.
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Jack5541



Joined: 31 Jul 2003
Posts: 75

PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at the photo in this article...

http://www.graflex.org/articles/experiences/chris-french/

I think that those are Stroboflash heads mounted on Graflite battery cases. This set-up would work and maintain the "retro/period" look of the 1950's. I have seen alot of the Stoboflash set-ups on ePay, but haven't actually gotten one or ever used one. I've wondered how well they work.

Another option might be one of Graflite 250 strobe set-ups, but again you'd do well to find one in complete shape, i.e. flash handle,reflector head,cords,battery pack. I've never used one of these either, but I think they were made into the 1970's after Singer took over Graflex, so it is possible to find one in good condition.

However, be aware that the cost of the batteries might be a little prohibitive for both of the above 2 options. Perhaps someone else can post with experiences using these units.
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RichS



Joined: 18 Oct 2001
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Location: South of Rochester, NY

PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you serach through the forum, you'll find a few discussions about using electric flash on the Graphics. Even at least one person trying to convert a bulb flash to strobe as I remember...

And the Strobe 250 (and 500) came in an "RG" version that uses standard size D Nicad batteries which can be replaced fairly easily. Again, a search through this forum will bring up the details of that... They do some available now and then...
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Les



Joined: 09 May 2001
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and "RG" version would be the only way to go as the normal Stobos use either 250v or 510v non rechargable batteries that run about $71 a pop.

You might also want to look into the Heiland line of stobe equipment. Some use replaceable Nicads others use D cells. Either way you'll be running an uphill battle because.

A. The biggest flash of the day is not as powerful as a Metz 60 or a Norman 400. and
B. the capacitors are at least 35 years old and probably should be replaced.

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