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Massimo M



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:49 pm    Post subject: Quick advice... Reply with quote

Good condition Anniversary (with Ektar) 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 or mediocre 4x5 (Optar)? In budget.
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Markus



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 might be a nice display item. But if you want to use it, what film are you planning to get for it?
If it comes with a roll film holder and you are ok with using that, I guess it would be ok.
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Sirius Glass



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Film for the 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" is much harder to come by and most daylight tanks cannot handle it. Stick to 4"x5" and you will be so much happier with a useful camera.
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Sirius Glass



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Markus"]The 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 might be a nice display item. But if you want to use it, what film are you planning to get for it?
If it comes with a roll film holder and you are ok with using that, I guess it would be ok.[/quote]

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Massimo M



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planned to use either the only 3 x 4 films into the market (bought some) or cutting by myself from larger formats film (4x5 8x10).

Washi film cuts at request (I ordered a filmroll for Kodak 51 adapter and I'm making my own spools) for my Graflex B.

Usually 3x4 cameras are in better condition and with a lot of extras, 4x5 are lot fashionable today and so expensive.
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peter k



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me encourage you on the Anniversary 3x4, have one and been using it for years... yes I cut my own film for that and an old folder 9x12, as well.
No big deal...
I like both of my speeds... but the 3x4 is lighter and a little smaller... and rarely use a tripod with it.
Were with the 4x5 I have to use the ground glass and because of the lens I use with it, a Double Protar lens, which needs a tripod.
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Massimo M



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see it. 90% will be my choose.

I have some needs:
1) the camera I'll buy must be so complete because of the high costs of mail+custom;
2) Have flash unit because I'll go to shot people dancing Lindy Hop (I use SG due to its terrific 1940s charm);
3) Have Ektar 127 so I read about its quality;
4) Be Speed not Crown for focal cloth shutter so I don't exclude to play with Aero Ektar into the future;
5) As more film holders as possible;
6) Best quality for price.
7) Better Anniversary than Pacemaker due to its feet into wartime era...
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Massimo M



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally I choose a late '40s 4x5 Crown Graphic in good conditions, with everything I need, Ektar, flash and holders and from the family of the seller (I hope).
In this case I planned to match it with an anniversary with no extras and no objective...
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Sirius Glass



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Enjoy!
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