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Bob Smith



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Hello, thank you and help! Reply with quote

Hello everyone. I got my first LF camera several months ago, a Graphic View II, based on reading this forum. Haven't taken an actual photo yet but have been practicing loading film in to backs w/tent, setting up camera and shooting.

Last week I purchased a Super Graphic and a 6x7 back. I got the rf back because I won't be able to afford the development costs of 4x5 sheets that often, but want to use the SG a lot. My plan was to leave the ground glass at home when using the rf back when hiking and use the rangefinder for focusing.

The rf is fine for aligning vertical lines but I have a double image: one image slightly below the other.

I have checked the rangefinder by first focusing with the ground glass on a building and then checking the rangefinder. They agree with each other on focus so it s just the horizontal that is out of alignment.

Can anyone recommend a repairman for this?

This is a great forum, I read it every day and enjoy the convivial atmosphere and all the knowledge available.

Cheers, Bob Smith
Arlington VA
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read this post yet?
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=4647
or this one:
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=5957

Sending it out to me for just the adjustment might be a bit pricey.

For when you want to use another lens and need a cam for it:
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=4653
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Bob Smith



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
Have you read this post yet?
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=4647
or this one:
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=5957

Sending it out to me for just the adjustment might be a bit pricey.

For when you want to use another lens and need a cam for it:
http://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=4653


Yes I did, thank you. By performing that operation is the flash/distance scale permanently disabled?

I'm very good with my hands, fly tying, bamboo rod restoration, period furniture making and finishing using antique tools and methods but when I tackle mechanics/metal...things just seem to go wrong. I'm trying to rectify that by fiddling with some old cameras. I don't care if they never work again but I'd hate to mess with the SG and screw it up.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The scale is just laid onto the top of the camera. It should lift off once the plastic cover is removed. Be careful not to bend the indicator.

Play with the cam and reinstalling it. Sometimes the follower arm does does not seat properly and results in an out of alignment image. The follower arm rides on the slope of the cam.

If you bump the bottom of the camera with the heel of your hand does the alignment shift or does it stay the same?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
The scale is just laid onto the top of the camera. It should lift off once the plastic cover is removed. Be careful not to bend the indicator.

Play with the cam and reinstalling it. Sometimes the follower arm does does not seat properly and results in an out of alignment image. The follower arm rides on the slope of the cam.

If you bump the bottom of the camera with the heel of your hand does the alignment shift or does it stay the same?


Charles, did everything above, with the "bottom bump" the finder stays in focus at vertical lines and the double image >one below the other< stays that way.

I got ahold of the SG repair manual and everything is clear now. Should be an easy fix, with nothing I can do damage to. I'll tackle this project Saturday and let you know how it went.

Thanks for your help.

cheers, Bob
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