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Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic
France Version française
Photos by MB text by -. From the collection of MB. Last update 2016-01-29 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from 1940 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11025

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Chronology of cameras Graflex 

Lens (standard) Ilex Paragon 6 ½ inch f/4.7 or Kodak 152mm f / 4.7 Often retooled in the '50s with Wollensack Raptar 135mm, Schneider Xenar 135 or 150mm, KodakEktar 127mm f/4.7 .
Central shutter : Acme No 3 1s - 1/400s original Sync X and M.
Focal plane shutter 1/10 to 1/1000s + T exposure.
Coupled rangefinder Hugo Meyer or Kalart fixed laterally .

The Ilex Paragon lens is a Tessar formula , it is a classic lens of the time found on many cameras and even some aerial cameras . The Acme shutter is huge , it looks like an alarm clock, flash sync. delay time is expressed on a graduated dial on the side of the shutter, in milliseconds : from 0 to 25 ms. Until the late forties , the press cameras were equipped with lenses whose normal focal length was about 150mm . Later, at the beginning of the next decade , lenses, initially designed for sizes 3" ¼ x 4"¼ will be installed on 4X5" cameras as the Kodak Ektar 127mm , which has long held the upper hand in terms of definition and color rendition. Other lenses , German or American were installed with focal lengths of about 135mm . The use of lenses with shorter focal length then seemed advisable for press photography , the use of a wide angle lens offsetting the loss of definition on the edges of lenses designed for smaller formats. A modification of this type has been performed on this unit by myself, in accordance with what was at the time. The interest of a Speed ​​Graphic Anniversary compared to any other press camera: the boards are 4x4 inch size and are easy to be home made and the focal plane shutter allows you to use all kinds of lens even without shutter: reprographic lens, enlarger lenses to make macro photography, etc. .

Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic

Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic
Avec l'Ilex Paragon et un pare-soleil d'époque, il pèse trois kilos sans flash, presque quatre kilos avec le flash à trois éléments complet. On aperçoit sur le dessus du télémètre le système Focuspot Kalart permettant de faire la mise au point dans la pénombre. Le télémètre est dans ce cas inversé, il projette l'image de deux taches lumineuses qu'il faut faire coïncider pour que la mise au point soit effectuée. L'alimentation en courant est effectuée par les batteries du flash.
Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic
Le même appareil rééquipé par mes soins d'un Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 et d'un obturateur synchro Compur. Il a fallu étalonner le télémètre pour ce nouvel objectif. L'ensemble est plus léger, ouf !
Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic
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