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Old 22-09-2015, 01:19   #1 (permalink)
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Question Large format: Speed graphic with 127mm 4.7 Ektar lens

Would anyone have some insights to share about the Graphex Speed graphic camera series and the 127 lens? A neighbour is seeking his entire LF camera and lab setup, and this one (with accessories) is going for 120$ - which seems to me (and based on eBay) to be a pretty good way to enter into the large format world... (it is supposedly in good working condition).

Any tips, thoughts, comments, resources, anything at all would greatly appreciated

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Re: Large format: Speed graphic with 127mm 4.7 Ektar lens

I use 5x4, but I've never used a Speed Graphic. There was someone on another forum who was selling one a few years ago, and his post does point out some of the things to look out for. If you can't access it (and you may not be able to) I can PM the content to you.

I assume that you've seen it in operation, and don't mind the back to front upside view from a ground glass (which is the "normal" was of using large format if you want to make use of the many advantages that come with camera movements.

And there is the "afterwards" to consider - processing the film, and either scanning or enlarging it. I'm in England, and I do have have a local lab who will process 5x4, but at a high cost as they don't want to! I process my own.

A 5x4 enlarger is large (I have one), and film scanning will be either a flatbed (the lower Epson models don't scan 5x4 in one go, and require stitching; the older 4490 and the current top end ones are OK) or a drum scanner.

And you'll need to file the negatives or slides.

Everything about large format is bigger and better, including the space needed for the ancillaries.
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Re: Large format: Speed graphic with 127mm 4.7 Ektar lens

Thanks Stephen!

I know it's a lot to get into - more complicated and more expensive nowadays, but I hope it will make sense for certain projects, and at a 120$ upright cost, a good bargain. But I still have a lot to learn I'm interested in doing only colour at this point, but being in California should hopefully open some opportunities for labs.

The talkphotography thread you linked is user-access only, so if you could send me the content that'd be great!

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Re: Large format: Speed graphic with 127mm 4.7 Ektar lens

I'll be interested to learn how you're getting on.

There are a lot of resources on the internet for large format photographers - and quite a lot of large format photographers as well. Some forums for general photography have a strong LF element too.
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