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  1. Thanks for replying everyone who did!

    Nowadays it is mostly doom and gloom about things we can't change anyway for the most part. There was a time when a thread like this would have had 15 pages in 24 hours, even though there was plenty of doom and gloom in those days too.

    We need to have more fun on these forums!

    Debbie understands.....:)

  2. 11 hours ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

    Dear Rudy,

    Thank you for your extremely fair and accommodating offer. A good $350 for a hand brush and dustpan is truly a bargain - especially since it is a museum heirloom.

    Unfortunately, my shutterstock income has dropped so much that I can't even afford such a bargain anymore. So I have to step back and hope for your understanding for my precarious situation.

    Many greetings,


    No worries Wilm. I understand your dilemma. Food or dustpan! Boy oh Boy

    Anyway, I know what I would have chosen..................... 

  3. 2 minutes ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    Ah well that's another drawback of using these kind of cameras with a 120 roll film back. I wanted to use a wide angle lens of around 50mm with 6 x 7. I believe some view camera models have a bag bellows for very short focal length lenses, right? 

    A field camera is probably more like what you are looking for. Press cameras are designed with a specific task in mind.


    To advance sheet film? I thought they were pulled out with a film holder?

    Misunderstanding here. I thought we were talking about 6 x 7 backs

  4. 6 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    OMG those comments are gold. Especially the memory card one! Ive heard some classics in my time too. Quite a few times when Ive been out and about with a super 8 movie camera, people will refer to it as a video camera. Ive also mentioned that I use super 8 to some people of the older generation (folks who were likely around when the format was popular.) And to my surprise, they're not really familiar with it and one of them thought that perhaps it's a digital video format that I'm talking about. Though others of that generation are familiar with it. And some people can't seem to understand the concept of motion picture film, no matter how hard I try to explain it to them. 

    Actually, once on a super 8 forum, there was a post by some guy who got hold of a super 8 camera and decided to buy some film for it and try it out. Once in a while, after exposing some film in the camera, he would take out the film cartridge and wonder why he couldn't see any recorded images on the film. 

    Many blue moons ago, I was an advanced amateur movie soundman. We made full length movies on Super 8. The cameraman had a Beaulieu with Angenieux lenses (His father was the chief editor of a major photography magazine) Lots of fun

  5. 8 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    Ive done some more reading and it seems these Graflex press cameras are even more limiting with their tilting than I first thought. Apparently, with some of the Speed Graphics, there is no front tilt on the front standard, only rear tilt. There are workarounds to this like removing the frame that holds the front standard standard, making adjustments to it and reversing the orientation but it's a very fiddly process. Some have also suggested dropping the bed as another way of dealing with the front tilt issue but that won't work with all lenses. 

    Of course a true view camera would be a more viable option if I wanted to play around with the Scheimpflug principle. Though that's a fair bit of bulk to carry around if I just want to shoot medium format. Then again, the RB67 is not exactly a small package either. 

    Of course they are limited with movements. They are press cameras and not designed to function as a view camera. Linhof might have some more movements, not sure, but they are a lot more expensive. (would love to have one)

    Some of the prewar ones have a fixed front standard.  (pre anniversary) I am most familiar with pacemakers and they have all front tilt, shift and rise. To my knowledge, none of them have any rear standard movements. What they do have is a drop bed, so you can simulate a rear tilt and, of course, it also means they have to have a front tilt. Dropping the bed works with all lenses and with extreme wide angle you will have to.

    Talking about Linhof, If you want medium format with full movements, maybe you can find a (somewhat) affordable Technikardan S23. Otherwise a Wooden Field camera. 

  6. 10 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    I have heard of the Graflok backs and how they are the preferred choice. Though I think for me, they would be very tricky to identify. I think I would have to rely on a knowledgeable seller who really knows their stuff.

    I can help you there if needed.


    Someone recommended a Century Graphic to me as they may be able to accommodate very short focal length lenses. Hopefully around 50mm or shorter but I'd need some clarification on that.

    A Century Graphic is the low budget version of a Crown. It is made out of plastic. Otherwise pretty much the came. Not sure if a 50mm lens would work. You might not be able to focus on infinity. 65mm is more the norm.


    Out of curiosity, what are these knobs and levers used for? And whereabouts would they normally be located? 

    To advance the film and they would be on top of the back on the right. The film goes from left to right


    Speaking of Singer

    Singer bought Graflex after they went south. Singer had Graflex only for a while and sold it to Toyo

  7. 11 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    Actually, that's another option I was considering for shooting 6 x 7 - something like a Graflex press camera (2 x 3 or 4 x 5) with a 6 x 7cm roll film back. I don't have any experience with view camera lenses but would some have a threaded cable release socket?

    Graflex cameras are great cameras. They were very expensive at the time and that shows. I love my Graflex. most come with (Speed) or without (Crown) a focal plane shutter. 4 x 5 or even 2 x 3 cloth focal plane shutters are a sight to behold, but Graflex Speed require more maintenance and are heavier. I have a  1948 Crown 23. Pacemaker Compact and lightweight. I am too old to lug a heavy 4 x 5 around. Been there done that. 

    The other thing to pay attention to is that Graflex is very confusing with there backs. They are not all created equal.  There is Graflok, Graflex/Graphic, and Spring backs. Spring backs are fixed. You want a Graflok. Graflex/Graphic backs look at first glance the same as a Graflok back, but have a different light trap and won't fit 

    The Speed and the Crown come in different models and the most common ones are the Pacemaker and the Anniversary. Pacemakers can come with either Graflok of Graflex back, while the Anniversary has always a fixed spring back.  Pacemakers post 1955 with the rangefinder on top always have a Graflok back

    You also want an older one with a knob and not with a lever. The latter are newer and made by the SInger Corporation. (The sewing machines company) I don't have a Singer one, but I understand they are not all that reliable. Most of my backs are 6 x 9, I figured if I do medium format, I might as well go the maximum. I can always chop some off later. 

    I am telling you all this because a lot of sellers on eBay etc. are confused themselves and they constantly mix up those names and types. So, something to pay attention to.

    Also to keep in mind, if I go out for some street shooting with that camera, I get more unsolicited commentary about that camera than with any of my other oldies. Anywhere from "What a beautiful Camera" or "Is that a Hasselblad? My brother in law has a Hasselblad" to "Where do you put the memory card?" (All good)


    Ok then, shutters. You are correct, not all shutters come with a cable release socket, but many do.  The oldest shutter I have is a 1938 Friedrich Deckel  Compur shutter and that one has one. On my Graflex is a 1941 Kodak  Supermatic shutter with Kodak Ektar lens and that one has one, but the position is in the wrong spot and I can only use it if I put the lens board upside down or I have to use the body mounted shutter release (as in my first post) Anyway most Graflex cameras offered for sale come with a "modern" lens/shutter with usually a cable release terminal. So I don't think that a cable release terminal will be a major problem. 

  8. 2 hours ago, chris kolaczan said:

    My photography income doesn't allow me to afford basic cleaning supplies. For example, I lick my floors clean. Don't ask about the toilet.

    If you need any advice on how to live "post cleaning supplies" just PM me. You can do it.

    I won't ask about your toilet. Don't need to, I know it's clean.... (how do you do that when you are in your fire watch tower? You climb down slowly, swim across the river, do your thing, swim back across the river, and climb back up again? Much like s Sloth?)


    Post cleaning supplies is called hiring a Domestic Hygienist .....................Oh wait......................................shoot.  Might need you help after all. 

  9. 5 hours ago, Sherry Yates Young said:

    If you have anything left in your collection on January 1st, please let me know.  I've been told that all items will be selling at up to 15-35% off regular prices!  I know that 15 cents on the dollar isn't much, but way better than 0, right?

    Just to give you a heads-up (sshhhtt, don't tell anybody),  any moment now I expect a bidding war of some sort. So, if you snooze, you lose .....

  10. 27 minutes ago, Sheila Fitzgerald said:

    One of my dad's cameras is like those accordian style cameras. Not sure what it is. I have it in a box somewhere. I haven't had time to go through those things to see if they're still useable. Just didn't want my brother tossing them (since he pretty much threw away everything that was in their house).

    Once you do, let us know Sheila and Patrick, Steve Mart, or I can probably tell you what it is and/or if it is worth fixing if it needs to be fixed.

  11. 1 hour ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

    Rudy, it would be great to get some detailed information about shipping costs to Germany. And: Could you please describe the condition of the hand brush and dustpan a little better? In Corona times we have to save money and my wife is always complaining when I invest in the wrong things that are no longer proper.

    And one more question: You presented it in a way that I can only buy on demand. Is there also a subscription plan? 10 cents per listed position is enough for you, isn't it?

    Otherwise I would look around at freehouseholdequipment.com - there I get all the stuff for free. I only would have to tell the name of the seller when using the toilet brush. But I'm willing to do that in Corona times – as long as I can save money..

    Thank you so very much for your interest Wilm!  It means a lot and finding a good home for these precious items would take a heavy weight of my shoulders.

    The condition of the brush and dustpan are excellent. Considering their age and intended use, near mint really. I took good care of them!  They are both made of petroleum based materials and therefore very easy to disinfect, which is a must in these challenging times. The pan is blue and the brush is yellow with black(ish) bristles. I hope that matches your interior. 

    The brush and dustpan go as a set for $50.00. That seems a lot and I know of course they are used, but they are used by ME and that's worth something don't you agree? If you want I sign them free of charge with archival ink, which is (limited) guaranteed for 200 years or so with the proper care. Your great great grandchildren will be grateful!  I have reasons to believe the ink is made by Caran d'ache, so you know it's good. Only the best is good enough for my patrons.

    Considering you are in Germany, I sort of checked with DHL (since they are owned by Lufthansa) and the shipping cost is unfortunately $295.00 USD  plus taxes. Based on the current Euro/USD exchange rate. The package is an odd size and nobody flies anymore, so they need to make money somehow I suppose.  Plus handling, PayPal  and Credit Card fees. 

    Subscription plan?  How many dustpans do you think I own? All items are unique as the price reflects.

  12. 1 minute ago, Steven Tritton said:

    This is incredibly, incredibly sad and unfortunate.

    i sincerely hope you won't miss those special memorable moments of dusting, vacuuming and mopping. There's few things in life that can bring the joy and fulfillment of cleaning dirty toilets and scrubbing hard floors on hands and knees.

    Take care bro.

    Thank Steven! That means a lot! I used the tube/nozzle of the vacuum as an air guitar sometimes and I probably will miss that.

  13. 18 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    Ruuudeeh, that's not going to solve the problem. You are going to have to take yourself by the neck and LEARN TO MULTITASK.

    As I type here, I have a video render going on the background. I also have my lunch here, so I can take a bite when my hands are momentarily free. That moment to grab a bite is hard to find, however, since I have a cat on my shoulder who demands petting.

    So, man up, you can do it all...



    .... cleaning? What's that word, I don't recognize it 😮

    I am a Virgo  'nuff said :)


    (Since my wife works outside the house and I work from home and have therefore presumably more time on my hands, I am a master at multitasking.... Like now, I am bull Sh*tting, editing, and a few other things all at the same time lol) 

    As much as I love photography, it has taken a toll and takes up too much of my time and I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics such as cleaning and maintaining our home, so something has to give. I will be selling my equipment and miscellaneous materials.
    Please don't ask any questions, as i would rather not talk about it.
    Below is a list of what's available. All prices are negotiable within reason. Serious inquiries only please.
    Thanks for reading and understanding...
    1. Dustpan and Broom
    2. Sponges
    3. Dusters
    4. Mop and bucket
    5. Window cleaner
    6. Vacuum
    7. Dishwashing liquid
    8. Laundry detergent
    9. Fabric softener
    10. Laundry baskets
    11. Toilet brush
    12. Cleaning sprays
    13. Scrubbing brushes
  15. Patrick,

    Those lenses with "floating" elements work best at close distances and to my knowledge focus adjustments are done automatically. Isn't that the whole purpose of floating elements?

    I had a similar cable release problem with my Graflex Crown (top right)  There is a cable release terminal on the shutter, but since it is a press camera, there is also a remote release on the camera body (That shiny square looking thingy under the rangefinder), which is a mechanical thing with springs and levers that goes to the release button on the lens. This remote body release also has a thread for a cable release, but the problem was there that I needed  a release with a very long throw, which were hard to find. I found a plastic $4.00 one and the only one that works. Since your Koni Omega is also a press camera with a pistol grip with a release, I can imagine you had a similar problem.

    Shutter setting, when not used for a long time, can get sticky. A bath in lighter fluid, high quality naphtha,  or electronic contact cleaner usually solves that problem (provided you can remove the front and rear elements.) But maybe in your case it was just a matter of a spring that popped off. 

    Either way, in theory you shouldn't have a problem with a cable release on the RB. It has a normal thread in the release button like pretty much all cameras of that era

    Here is a link to the original manual for that camera if you need it: https://butkus.org/chinon/mamiya/mamiya_rb67_pro-s/mamiya_rb67_pro_s.htm

    Congrats on your sale on Alamy

  16. On 9/1/2020 at 5:22 AM, Patrick Cooper said:

    So out of curiosity, has anyone here shot with a Mamiya RB67? That is a beast of a camera. 


    On 9/1/2020 at 1:23 PM, Sari ONeal said:

    Patrick - you need to ask Ruuudeeeh, he is into the stuff that I wouldn't know how to operate...LOL :P


    On 9/1/2020 at 1:32 PM, Patrick Cooper said:

    Sari yes, Rudy would be the one to ask about such cool retro equipment :)

    Gosh, I tried to watch your jumping spider video but it's giving me an error symbol. 


    Thanks for the vote of confidence :)

    and yes, I am into that old stuff. For Cameras that is, not for much else. (Although I did get my Medicare card this month LOl)

    What do you want to know about that legendary jewel? Other than it came with a free membership to the gym if I remember correctly

    Here are a few I shoot with. (there are 3 more I am afraid)

    my camerasSSRZ.jpg

  17. On 9/2/2020 at 6:30 PM, BalkansCat said:

    plus, maybe, if we start to do this massively, they will see there's an issue that costs more than their reviewing policy...

    The same thing has been going on for at least 10 years

    There were times it was worse and there were times it was better, but the constant was always the consistency in their inconsistency

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