how do #3, #4 etc shutters fit on lens : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

New at LF. Have bought a 5x7 with an old lens that has no shutter. I see adds for Copal #3 do I know which shutter to I measure the front of the lens? I know about Packard but that will not fit on the back of my lens. What do you do when you don't have a shutter on the lens, other than removing the cap to expose? Thank you. Walter

-- Walter Gregg (, July 26, 1999


The shutter size is a bit more complex and depends on the size of the lens elements, maximum aperture, and how the lens mounted in the barrel with the iris. Check out, Steve Grimes just mounted a lens into a shutter for me. If it's a well known lens, he can easily tell you which shutter it requires. He probably can if it's an obscure lens too.

This is not a job you want to do yourself. You must space the front and rear groups of elements properly.

-- mike rosenlof (, July 26, 1999.

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