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Strange Graphic View II

 
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Henry



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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Strange Graphic View II Reply with quote

The camera pictured here, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Graflex-4x5-Graphic-View-monorail-camera-3-lenses-red-bellows-/271193675030?pt=US_Vintage_Cameras&hash=item3f24671516 , has front and rear standard mounts facing in opposite directions. Ditto the one pictured here, in the top picture: http://graflex.org/articles/graphic-view/GraphicViewII.html . Note, however, that the photo labelled "Rise and Tilt" has the front mount facing out! But the one pictured on this page, http://graflex.org/articles/graphic-view/ , has them oriented in the same direction, which is the only way I've ever seen the Graphic View II pictured. How can this be? What gives here?
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henry,
Look at the auction listing pictures, the focus knobs for the standards are on the left. Look at the pictures on the home page articles, the focus knobs are on the right.

Easy enough to disconnect the back and front standard frames from the standard arms, reverse them, and reattach for left handed operation.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, got it, Charles. I didn't realize you could so easily reverse the parts. Still, why would you need to? There are focussing knobs on both sides, no?

[Later.] So the black knobs are the focussing knobs. Now I see. But is it not possible to just reverse the bracket down there under the track, by removing the knurled (silvered) knobs from underneath the standard mount and turning the bracket around? Seems that would be simpler.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pull out on the black knob and releases it from the gear track on the under side of the rail, slide the standard to the approximate position you want it in, push the black knob in to engage the focus track, focus with the black knob, and lock the position with the silver lock knob.
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/GVII-Instruct2.pdf

The service manual
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/GraphicView2Service.pdf
shows the parts to be quite modular making swapping positions and directions easy.
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