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Two classic camera, one spiffy newer lens

Dan Fromm , Jul 23, 2005; 02:28 p.m.

At the rear, 2x3 Pacemaker Speed Graphic. In front, Century Graphic. 480/9 Apo Nikkor front-mounted on a Copal #1, focused on infinity. The tubes aren't strictly necessary but don't hurt and make setting up easier.

The thing works!

Cheers,

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Glenn Thoreson , Jul 23, 2005; 02:49 p.m.

Cool, Dan! Is this the film pack adapter idea to connect them? Looks like it worked out well.

CE Nelson , Jul 23, 2005; 03:33 p.m.

Behold, Frankenstein!

Vivek . , Jul 23, 2005; 04:34 p.m.

Dan, Congratulations! So, you finally got it done! How much did the adaptor/rigs cost?

Sandeha Lynch , Jul 23, 2005; 04:49 p.m.

Didn't Captain Marvel carry one of those during the Kree-Skrull Wars?

Dan Fromm , Jul 23, 2005; 05:38 p.m.

Glen, yes of course there's an FPA in there. And here's a picture of the bracketry.

Vivek, if you have to ask how much it cost, you can't afford it. SKGrimes does nice work, but aren't cheap. They charge on a time and materials basis. I supplied most of the material, but setting up to put the holes in the t-slotted extrusion and molding in exactly the right places cost. Setting up to make the tubes -- lensboard to FPA, and an invisible one inside the FPA for light shielding and neatness -- was similarly time-consuming. It didn't help that they modified my original design, which called for the tube to be glued to the FPA, to allow it to slide in.

Sandeha, of course I stole the idea. But not from fiction, from a hint in A. A. Blaker's lovely book Field Photography.

Cheers,

Large photo attachment:
(bracketry -- 1536 x 2048 photo)

Dan Fromm , Jul 23, 2005; 05:40 p.m.

CE, this is by no stretch of the imagination a monster camera. I mean, it shoots only 2x3. Real monsters shoot bigger than 16x20.

Cheers,

RJ . , Jul 23, 2005; 06:38 p.m.

Dan, I've only just managed to get a Schneider Super Angulon 47mm f5.6 lens onto a Century Graflex - after 1 year.

480mm focal length....is a real achievement.

I'm speechless.

PS. does anything support the weight of the front lens element?

Mike Kovacs , Jul 23, 2005; 06:41 p.m.

Dan, do you have some sort of special use in mind for this medium format super long rig? I almost said telephoto but I don't know if you lens is telephoto, probably not if you went through all this!

Vivek . , Jul 23, 2005; 06:56 p.m.

If Dan's APO Nikkor 480/9 is the later design (4/4 construction) then it would weigh 859g.

My sample (same optics with the same physical dimensions), is a bit lighter at 775g.

These APO Nikkors have quite a few extras (decorative rings as Nikon calls) which do not serve any functions other than the appearance. They can be unscrewed and left out.

Dan, you would need a good shade for your monster.


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