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Graflex R.B. Super D bellows draw

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:38 pm    Post subject: Graflex R.B. Super D bellows draw Reply with quote

I'm considering getting a 4x5 RB for portrait work, but I haven't seen any specs here for the bellows draw. I'd like to do tight closeups, likely with a lens in the 12"+ range. I've read that Graflex made a long bellows version as well. Anyone know the numbers for both the regular RB Super D and for the extended version? Thx.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

series D & Super D....12"

RB Auto 18.5"

RB auto 3x4 15.5"

5x7 Home Portrait 13.75"

Unless that 12" lens is a tele, I think you're gonna need an RB Auto.... and a very sturdy tripod. Shooting any Graflex hand held with a 12+" lens on the far end and (i'm assuming) a shallow depth of field, will take a refrigerator full of film to master.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Les. I'll be looking out for the Auto before I cross that street.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing you'll have to get used to, things were a lot slower back then. They used to say that with a Graflex you can view the image until the 'instant' the picture is taken.

That instant is really about a 1/5 of a second, which is about the same time those really really slow to focus, point and shoots take to focus and shoot.

I use a 3x4 and a variety of soft focus and overly fast lenses to shoot portraits.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a 4x5" Super D the 190mm will get you this close hand held:
http://www.bjartebjorkum.com/photo_4008509.html
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