I had the same problem mounting a 180mm f/3.5 Heliar on a Graflex D. I have no idea how to fix this, suggestions are welcome. Does anyone out there know someone who repairs these cameras? I have used first surface mirror from Kaleidoscope supply; it works great but that does mess up the focus. Maxsame: Thanks for the serial number information but I do not have a lens. [ Maxsame: Thanks for the serial number information but I do not have a lens. The help section on is the place to go to find out how old your graflex is.
The 5 element lens would not clear the mirror at infinity. On the front: Super D Graflex Trade Mark Registeredfor Automatic Diaphragming Serial Number under the lid on top: 4167xx Is there any way to know the year of manufacture using the serial number? Even if I could release the rotating back, someone managed to get the felt light trap messed up so there is a small section of fabric folded over itself and sticking out. [ OK, the other day I took out my 4x5 Graflex and wrote down what is on the name plates. You can ask about the specific year, or just see the production date range for a rough idea.
But as film became more sensitive, photographers needed a way of making faster exposures.
Folmer's idea was a mechanically moving curtain that was located right next to the film in the back of the camera, and it became known as the focal-plane shutter.
I bought this mint Super D not long ago to use it with lens below: *Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 150mm 2.8 *Aero Ektar 178mm 2.5I'll be strictly focusing with mirror instead of ground glass, is there a way to focus infinity or least 15-20 feet?
Since rear element touches flip mirror when retracting would shaving bit of mirror will solve the problem or should I leave it to professionals?
I bought this mint Super D not long ago to use it with lens below: *Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 150mm 2.8 *Aero Ektar 178mm 2.5 I'll be strictly focusing with mirror instead of ground glass, is there a way to focus infinity or least 15-20 feet?
Terry lens need to move inwards to focus far to infinity, due to this problem my max focal distance is only 3~4 feet at the moment! Currently I'm away from home to check but to my knowledge Optar 190mm including both lenses above has aperture movement only and relies on rear curtain shutter!William Folmer was a bicyle maker when he got interested in photography; and being an inventor, he saw ways to make improvements.Through most of the 19th century, light-sensitive materials (which I'll call for simplicity here) were not very light sensitive, so exposures were measured in seconds and minutes, and could be done by simply taking the lens cap off for the required time and then putting it back on.Of course the lens needs to be back to focus to infinity. I guess this will release the back allowing it to rotate (see the next paragraph as to why I can't rotate the back).What this problem means is the lens was made with a flange to film distance shorter than what you have. [ nizomi: oh yeah, I have no idea what I was thinking about. I have no idea how to fix this, suggestions are welcome. Does anyone out there know someone who repairs these cameras? The Kodak lens on the Super D all use the CAMEROSITY code on their serial numbers; with C = 1, A = 2 and so on. there are four flat head screws on the back of the mirror support that loosen to unclamp the glass.A newer, brighter ground glass, however, can make it easier to focus in darker/trickier lighting situations. A newer lens on the camera won't necessarily change "the look" of your final image, unless what you're looking for out of the image is softer focus.