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My Speed Graphic Odyssey

 
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Richardmilton



Joined: 04 Oct 2020
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:25 am    Post subject: My Speed Graphic Odyssey Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,

May I introduce myself? I'm a British writer and journalist and, after a lifetime of 35mm photography I've finally discovered the wonderful Speed Graphic.

I had the great good fortune recently to find on eBay an exceptionally nice Speed Graphic outfit which I've just started using. I was especially lucky to discover that my outfit had been owned from new by a photography professional, was in exceptional condition and contains all the original manuals, and other documents including the Graflex warranty with the original sales ticket stapled to it.

It tells me that the camera was bought in 1953, is number 882380, and the 135mm Optar is lens number 916818. I gather from reading here that dating Graflex lenses is difficult but this might provide a marker.

I'm also lucky in that the outfit contains half a dozen connecting cords in good condition so the flash system and solenoid are working perfectly.

I've taken some test negatives but have made the discovery that I guess everyone makes, that you have to have a negative scanner to scan them!

Kind regards
Richard
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jerryg



Joined: 04 Apr 2017
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Location: spokane wa.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Richard
there is a quick rough way to see your negatives, there are apps you can get, some free, for your phone. or, of course, get a scanner or get them scanned by your local shop.

come by the " graflex camera group" on face book and say hi
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Richardmilton



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jerry - I've signed up on Facebook.
Richard
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