Should I Get a 4x5 S. Graphic for 6x7 ? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I have a TLR Rollie B22/El Nikor Arista Cold Lt. I want more Flexibility and Lens changeability. What I'd like to do is buy a Super S. Graphic with 65/135/210 lenses;a D-2 or 4x5 Besler & add a Cold Lt. Maybe way down the road I'd go 4x5. Main use landscape. Suggestions???

-- George Nedleman (, October 21, 1998


The 135mm lens does not have enough coverage for movements when you use 4x5 rather than 6x7; it would be best to try to find a 152 Ektar instead. The Graphic-1000 shutters on some 135 and 270 lenses are prone to failure and almost impossible to repair; more conventional shutters (even without the special electrical connections) are more reliable. Otherwise, I find my Supergraphic an almost perfect landscape camera; I use 4x5 in B&W and 6x7 for color.

-- John Lehman (, October 21, 1998.

George didnt say he was using Graphic shutters or lenses. Any reasonably modern 135mm should have plenty of coverage. The Super should be just fine for your needs.

-- Ron Shaw (, October 21, 1998.

You will not have fine focus with the 65mm (with out a recessed board) because the lens standard must be parked inside the body for infinity focus (as you know there are no moving focus rails inside the body).

-- sheldon hambrick (, October 21, 1998.

If you want to use the rangefinder with all those different lenses, you will have to acquire or make cams for each lens.

See the Graflex site for more details

-- Tony Brent (, October 31, 1998.

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