Speed/Crown Graphic w/ Flash & Polaroid Back

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Has anyone done any "event" type photography with a speed or crown graphic, flash, and a polaroid back?

It seems like it would be fun, in addition to your other equipment. I realize that its additional weight/stuff to carry around, but was just wondering...

Couldn't find anything by searching; am I missing something obvious? Again, not a deep question, just wondering.


-- Tony Pulsone (pulsone@media.mit.edu), July 14, 2000


I was thinking of doing the same thing - a reason to dust off the Crown & Super Seed Graphics (I use another camera for 4x5 work).

-- sheldon hambrick (sheldon_hambrick@hotmail.com), July 14, 2000.

I have, though not with a polaroid, but with my graphmatic (before it died), and it was only at a band practice. However, it wasn't too bad, Ok the rangefinder was out by about a yard or less ut never the less it WAS easier (I felt) than using 35mm (for the simple reason I can hand hold to about 1/10 sec on my MPP unlike my Olympus). However, if anyone is interested, some of my shots from the gig which I had to do on 35mm unfortunately are able to be seen at the band's website - www.soulgreed.com. Pleas feel free to coment on the pictures, as I am going tobe doing a photoshoot with them, and possibly another gig, though this time I will use 5x4 with slow synch flash:)

-- David Kirk (David_J_Kirk@hotmail.com), July 14, 2000.

I did a play opening with the Speed Graphic. The play "State Fair" is set in the 40's so I did the gig as sort of a "Weegee" kind of guy. Lots of fun. Graphmatics are a major plus. I used a Vivtar 283 flash (so what). I'd do it again.

-- chuck k (kleesattel@msn.com), July 14, 2000.

There's no reason why you can't, except that it makes a 4x5 graphic, which is already a little clumsey for most of us, even more unwieldy. Then, to take a shot you have to pull out the envelope and make the shot, push back the envelope while holding the camera with your left hand, then flip the processor lever and pull the Polaroid smoothly and steadily out of the processor, then hold the camera while it develops, then pull it open while holding the camera with your left hand, then seperate it, and dispose of the Polaroid Poop, then reload the holder, all while holding the camera with your left hand. Etc, etc, etc. It's just all too much...

-- Bill Mitchell (bmitch@home.com), July 15, 2000.

I did quite a bit of work with 4x5 Speed Graphic & Polaroid Back in the 60's, 70's. Build a special "focus" gadget, to offset focus same as film plane--with the Graphic Polaroid (roll film) Back Adapter. (Also used the 4x5 polaroid adapter.) Am about to put both adapters, along with focus gadget; on eBay, got to get rid of junk! All of the above too clumsy for action work, but used them a lot for studio-type, landscape stuff.


-- Joseph W. Brown (jprowngps@aol.com), January 29, 2001.

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