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Help with Grandpa's Speed Graphix Camera

 
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gbadner



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Help with Grandpa's Speed Graphix Camera Reply with quote

Hello. I was hoping that someone here could help me out.

My grandfather passed away last year and I, being the photographer in the family, inherited all his old cameras of which there are several. The links below go to photos of one of them, but I know nothing about it. Can someone help me identify it?

http://www.macrostate.com/stuff/graphix_01.jpg
http://www.macrostate.com/stuff/graphix_02.jpg

I'd also like to try it out, but I've no idea how to actually operate it. Like I said, I'm a photographer so I understand the concepts of properly exposing the film, but how you actually go about it with this thing I can't figure out. Maybe someone can point me to a resource online somewhere?

I'd also be curious to know what it's worth. It's in, what I would call, "very good" condition. Seems to function perfectly and the material the bellows are made from is intact. It's a little dusty/dirty, but would clean up easily. Not looking to sell it... just interested in its value.

Thanks so much!
~ Geoffrey
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a Miniature Speed Graphic, if so shoots 2 1/4" x 3 1/4". You can read about it in the Speed Graphic FAQ on this site, also in any edition of the book Graphic Graflex Photography.

The roll holder accepts 120 film, shoots 2 1/4" x 3 1/4". You didn't show the back of the camera so I have no idea whether the camera has a Graflok back (read the FAQ), which is needed to attach the roll holder to the camera, or a focusing panel, which is needed to focus the camera through the lens. Directions for using the roll holder can be found here: http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/rollfilm.pdf
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Miniature Speed Graphic
http://graflex.org/speed-graphic/miniature-speed-graphic.html
is very similar to the Anniversary Speed Graphic so the instruction manual for the anny
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/Anniversary.pdf
should be of some help.
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