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New review for Graflex Pacemaker Crown

 
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Vintagephoto



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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 8:02 pm    Post subject: New review for Graflex Pacemaker Crown Reply with quote

Hi Guys, greetings from Holland where i made for a vintage camera site a review of the lovely Pacemaker Crown. I hope it will contribute to more fans here for these LF cameras and Graflex particularly. If you have suggestions or see mistakes or gaps, please let us know!

https://vintage-photo.nl/graflex-pacemaker-crown-the-finest-xl-camera/
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hsandler



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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice article. I just noticed two things:
1. Typo « The lid opens open 90 degrees« 
2. The article mentions telephoto lenses 300-500mm. The bellows does not extend far enough to focus most lenses beyond 300mm telephoto designs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, I changed the mistakes!
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More problems:

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And a wide angle LF lens would be around 90mm or lower, but you have to put the bellows almost inside the camera to cover this broad area…


The bed will have to be dropped. The 4x5 Crown's minimum extension is 52.4 mm. Lenses with flange-focal distances > 52.4 mm will focus to infinity on a 4x5 Crown. Because the Crown's inner and outer bed rails are linked, focusing lenses that make infinity with the standard on the inner rails is easy.

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The photo shows the original Graflex ’23’ back with which you can shoot twelve 6×9 photos on 120 medium format rolls
Eight 2x3 (6x9 is a poor metric approximation to 2.25" x 3.25") shots, not twelve.

You wrote about a Crown with a top range finder. Earlier Crowns have a Kalart (usually) RF on the side or no RF at all. You should mention this.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dan for the valuable suggestions, i ll correct them in the next update.
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