Diwan Bhathal , Feb 25, 2006; 04:19 p.m.
THANKS ! Brilliant ! You have advanced the science. Mine is made with plywood and glue, yours is... brilliant. I have to study the photos in detail, very clever solution for that body.
I understand that you plan to fit the orginal rangefinder. Please, do not put it on the side, as I did, good, but not so practical. Make a thin aluminum plate, put the rangefinder on top of it, with its original hinges, then make a connecting arm from the original rangefinder peg to the RF arm in the new position. This aluminum plate is "floating" and held by two screws in slots, so that RF infinity can be attained by moving this RF plate sideways. The RF should not be too far off, good enough for everyday use.
You have surpassed my solution. Very nice combination. It is a real thrill to me to see that someone has taken an idea and expanded it.
The weight of this camera is really good too, not much heavier than the plastic model.
As to the lens. It should be possible to grind the little "bumps" in the front standard. The lens should fit flush. This should give you infinity with the GG.
I hope that you still have the shutter cocking arm from the original. I have used this one, with its spring to make a shutter release, really practical. In that location, it forces you to hold the camera by the front, which makes for a very stable position. I have never had a blurry negative from this. I have had some using the cable shutter release, too akward for this type of camera.
Thank you for posting. You will love the feel of this camera in action. It fits almost all small bags, and coupled to the Grafmatic, it becomes a wonderful photographic instrument. I have to learn the hammering method for which you courteusly provided the info.
Troy: My warmest congratulations.