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Military Speed Graphic replacement?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:05 am    Post subject: Military Speed Graphic replacement? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've posted this in a few categories to reach those who don't read the others!

Just took delivery of a Signal Corps Technical Manual TM 11-401 (Dec 1953) and it mentions on p42:

' The latest procurement in this category (* of 4x5 press type cameras) is the KE-9, Busch Pressman, specifically modified for military requirements. It is generally similar to the PH-47, Speed Graphic, but incorporates such features as a self-capping shutter 1/30- to 1/1000-second focal plane shutter, an optical viewfinder with automatic parallex correction, and a coincident rangefinder with separate focus knob for wide-angle lens.'

So...has anyone heard of this camera? Seen one of these cameras?? Have one of these cameras??? A 4x5 Busch Pressman with focal plane shutter????

I'm guessing that despite the word 'procurement' this camera never materialised and the replacement for the Signal Corps Speed Graphic PH-47-J (the first OD green Speed Graphic, a 1949 Pacemaker model) was the Speed Graphic KE-12(1), a 1954 Pacemaker Speed Graphic with no body shutter release and a simplified Graflok back.

If any ex-Signal Corps photogs or historians have any info on the KE-9 Busch Pressman please let me know.

Many thanks,
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