help with graflex crown graphic in the UK

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  1. Chris Frear

    Chris Frear New Member Registered User

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    Is there anyone in the UK with knowledge of Graflex 5x4 cameras? After 5 years of hardly getting outdoors with my Large Format camera (its a heavy Monorail camera). I've picked up a Graflex Crown Graphic on a well known online auction website. Its presently winging its way over the Atlantic to rural England. I'm probably going to need to get the lens overhauled. The ground glass has a small crack, but replacement parts seem to be easily available and as such the screen and if needs be the bellows can be replaced quite easily. But the 135mm lens is the sticking point, its beyond my capabilities. I also need to figure out a way of hooking up the camera to a modern flashgun.
     
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    The shutter should have flash sync, if it's the Bipolar US type then a flash lead can be made reasonably easily. I sent you a PM on screens etc.

    I fitted new bellows toa Pacemaker Speed Graphic last year for a friend, and some for my own pre-Anniversary Speed Graphic, I've also been able to patch and repair them as well.

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    Thanks Martin.
     
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    Parcel arrived late last week. Got to openign it the other night and took these quick photos. Bellwos got holes in, lens stiff as hell. have to lift of fresnel screen back to load film. AS I have only meagre colelction of film holders and none are Graflex, think I may hav to get a spring back. Thoughts please!
     

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    Needs some TLC, as it has been slightly mutilated, can be done/fixed fairly easily depends how bad the bellows really are.

    Ian
     
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    i enjoy my non Crown i'm sure you'll be happy also.
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