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IanG



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Compact Reflex help Reply with quote

Does anyone have any photos of the back of a Graflex Compact Reflex, I've just acquired a camera from Paris (France) and the back isn't complete.

Also any experience of removing then refittingg the shutter curtains. I'm assuming the mechanism is similar to the 1909 Folmer Patent for the 3A.

Ian
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Billy Canuck



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a picture of the back of a Compact Reflex on an auction website. It's fitted with a film-pack holder:
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/10169425
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Jim C.



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi IanG

What size is the compact Graflex ?

I have a 5x7 compact SLR that I'm restoring and it's a weird beast,
it has dual curtains ! One is for the film plane and the other is
the focal plane shutter.

This is the one I have ( the front one ) if it's the same I can post pictures
of the back disassembled -

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45PSS



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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it has dual curtains ! One is for the film plane

Its called a "capping shutter".
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IanG



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billy Canuck wrote:
I found a picture of the back of a Compact Reflex on an auction website. It's fitted with a film-pack holder:
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/10169425


Thanks, just what I needed to see. I bought a lot of Grflex parts mainly for Speed/Crown Graphics and the camera was part of the deal but the back's not complete.

Now I can see that I have the parts & some spares (some off a larger Reflex Graflex as well).

45PSS wrote:
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it has dual curtains ! One is for the film plane

Its called a "capping shutter".


Yes it's a capping shutter, but not a self capping shutter like more modern post WWII cloth curtained SLR's (35mm & 120 formats) or the older British LF SLRs.

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Andy38



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Ian,

Here is a picture of backs of Compact Graflex with 3 1/4 X 5 1/2 format.

The camera on the left is working; "some" restoration needed on the other.

There are indeed 2 curtains, not similar to the 3A (one curtain) :

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Andy38



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some explanation about these two curtains :
the outer, the main curtain, is the focal plane shutter seen on many Graflex reflexes; the inner is an auxiliary shutter. There is a spring for each curtain.
The auxiliary shutter closes when the mirror is set in focusing position, because the too small mirror doesn't entirely close.
If the release lever is tripped, the mirror lifts clear and this auxiliary shutter opens, then the main shutter can take the exposure.
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