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Bergren



Joined: 17 Aug 2019
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: New to Graflex: need help Reply with quote

Hi everyone!

I recently received a Graflex Speed Graphic from my stepfather, which he had been keeping in the attic for decades. He says the camera likely hasn't been used much since the 60's or 70's. Pictures of the camera can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Jk4oMRYF3YasGWbx8

The camera seems to be in good(ish) condition, but there seems to be a few problems:
1: focal shutter seems to be extremely slow/ inaccurate
2: switch to change shutters won't flick smoothly, and is extremely difficult/ inconsistent to operate.
3: lens seems to have difficulty sliding down the track
4: wheels to focus are fairly stiff, and are hard to operate.

Can anyone identify/ date the camera based on the pictures?

Does anyone know of a technician in the DC/ Baltimore area that would be able to repair one of these? What should I expect to pay for these (hopefully) simple repairs? Any tips on operation/ maintenance?

Thanks!
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Joined: 28 Sep 2001
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Location: Mid Peninsula, Ca.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your very early 1955 Pacemaker Speed Graphic is near the middle of a order for 3000 cameras listed 12/1/1954 and was likely built in February or March 1955.
A copy of the factory service manual is available here:
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/servicemanual.pdf
The user manual is available here:
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/TRFPacemaker.pdf
1. shutter needs a CLA but exercising it by operating it many times may improve its operation, same goes for the Graphex shutter the lens is mounted in.
The Graphex shutter repair manual is available here:
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/GraphexShutterService.pdf
2. Push in on the switch to change from front to rear shutter. A safety to prevent accidental switching.
3. Clean the rails with 90% Isopropyl Alcohol.
4. Check that focus lock is not set, CLA focus pinon.

Further questions can be addressed in the Speed Graphic Help section.
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