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troublemaker



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noted in a photo of a Combat Graphic 4x5 that it appeared to have a Graflex type back with the single slide bar lock.
This being the case, I assume this was done for ease of changing film with press type film holders supposing that the Graflok was not in use yet.
Am I correct in making these assumptions?
And dopes anyone know where I might find a bit more info on these cameras. I am as yet still looking for one, but more interested in them than needing to own or use them...
I do know some were over painted in black but never varified if this was factory or an after thought...
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glennfromwy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That particular setup, I'm pretty sure, would have been use with a 12 shot bag mag. It could be used with the slotted double film holders, too, but that would slow the action down a bit. I have seen two Combat Graphics on the auction thingy in the last two days. Spotted a particularly nice one this morning.

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willysmb



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello
This type of back is the "original" or first type back.
Later 44, ( perhaps around 45/46 or later, not sure)Only the 1950 TM explain the spring back
Graflex and The corps (and Navy too) changed the back type for a spring model.

I have one in this configuration, you can se it here : http://perso.orange.fr/willysmb/overlord2004_graflex_combatgraflex1944usmc.htm
As you can see, I have the 12 magazine, the Film Pack and only 3 double cut films.

I will place photo asap with the second bacjk type.

By the way is somebody can provide to me a photo from the Inside sticker in the leather case?
With all my best.
Laurent
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Les



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original reason for the Graflex back was to get easy access to the three batteries that are installed inside the body that power the flash unit.
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willysmb



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Les for this interesting information.

I'm looking after a Combat in action photo ? is anybody have an idea to a link ?

FYI : my camera serial Number is #1805 and the lens is # EE 554
With all my best

Laurent

[ This Message was edited by: willysmb on 2007-02-02 15:40 ]
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