I have a Century Graphic with the 6x9 rollfilm back on it. I love useing it (on the few times I have taken it out) but need to work on the focusing. All Ihave as a focusing aid is the ground glass and I seem to be a little bit out in my focusing.
One thing I have found when using it is the way people come up and ask questions about the camera. Many are just amazed, aspecially in this age of digital dominance.
It's been a while since I have taken any of mine out. The last couple of times I did use them, I was using a 120 rollfilm back, since carrying around the 4x5 film holders can really be a pain, but I don't like it as well.
I have an old Paragon loupe that I use. Couldn't tell you how much magnification I'm getting (it isn't marked in any way) but it's a lot!
I only have two Speed Graphics so I can hardly be classed as a collector.
The first is a Pre-Anniversary (1930 - 1940) 4 x 5. It has a Wollensak Plaubel 13.5cm f6.3 Triple Orthar lens. The shutter is an Optimo No. 1A - T, B, 1 to 1/300 air cylinder controlled. Hinged sports finder. Optical pop up viewfinder. Hugo Meyer rangefinder. It is predominantly black with some metal parts a dark grey. It looks as if some brass parts may have been over painted black, in particular a brass focusing scale. Not at all pretty but everything works and it hasn't been abused.
My other pocketable beauty is a Miniature Speed Graphic 2-1/4 x 3-1/4. The shutter is a Kodak Flash Supermatic - T, B, 1 to 1/400. Lens is a 101mm f4.5 Kodak Ektar. It has a hinged sports finder. Optical tubular Graflex viewfinder with one mask. Kalart Synchronized Range Finder. There is what appears to be a circular electrical connection with two pins on the back. The camera is in very good condition except for a cracked ground glass.
Then there is a 4 x 5 Folmer & Schwing Auto Graflex Curtain Aperture. It has a folding hood with rear hinge and has a stationary back which places its birthday between 1916 and 1923. The lens that came with it is a 152mm f7.7 Kodak Anastigmat. Kodak Ball Bearing shutter. I am not sure that this is the correct lens. Camera is in very good condition. Metal plate on side reads "Sands, Hunter & Co. - London". I wonder if this shouldn't be classified as a single lens reflex.
And in the same category (Press cameras?), but not Kodak, is a Busch Pressman 2-1/4 x 3-14. A little gem and definitely the teacher's pet.
Oh Oh, Here we go again! I drool over these Speed/ Crown graphics and nearly bought one very cheaply from a friendly camera store a year or so ago but I was put off by the inconvenience of plates etc. Didn't realize you could use roll film backs! I feel a gentle tug on my heartstrings and upon my wallet. What shall I do? I think I'll cancel my internet connection- oh what am I saying - Out d**n spot - out I say! (Sorry Shakespeare)
I have 2 Speedgraphics. One is a 4x5 and the other is a miniature 2x3. I have roll film holders for both. My first large format photo was shot with the 4x5 Speed Graphic using 4x5 sheet film. The photo is of the Fire Island, NY light house. The lens I used is a 165mm Paragon set in an Ilex #3 shutter.Download AttachmentDownload Attachment
Although I already have 3 Speed, 1 each size, and 1 Crown Graphic, I couldn't turn down the offer today of another 4x5 Speed Graphic for $15. It's in not perfect but usable condition, seems all speeds work and bellows is in great shape. I also got another Kodak Reflex, a much later one than the one I already had. Seems I got for months with no acquisitions and then all of a sudden...