Interchange lens between large format cameras

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by r._ying, Dec 7, 1997.

  1. Question: I have a lens which I want to use it on 2 different kind of
    large format cameras (non-compatible lens board, no adapter between
    them), what's the easiest way of doing it?
    To unmount the whole lens from one lens board and mount it to another
    lens board takes too much time. A second way I can think of is to get a
    second identical shutter assembly and mount that on the other lens
    board. To switch the lens, unscrew the front and rear elements from one
    shutter and screw them onto the other shutter.


    The second way seems logical (I have not tried it yet), is there
    anything I missed that this can not be done? Another doubt is that I
    have never seen in the Shutterbug that a shutter assembly is sold just
    by itself, nor I know how much the shutter (say a Copal 00) cost.
  2. You could get a custom adapter from a machinist which specialises
    in photographic work. I have also seen adds for a lensboard system
    where lenses are mounted on small discs, and then adaptors between
    discs and your front standard are sold for different sizes of front
    standards. I think your idea is quite feasible, with the only caveat
    of having to avoid to get dust inside the lenses during that operation. Calumet sells copal shutters #0,1,3. The #0 is around $200.
    However, the #00 is no longer in production and I don't know where
    to find one.
  3. You are in luck as there is an adapter that bayonets on to the lens boards. You get the adapter and put one on each body you are going to use. Then you mount each lens on the bayonet piece and can interchange all day long. I have not seen the advertising for a bit, but older issues of View Camera may have some info. If I can find it I will post it here. It sure looked nice for field work as the bayonet mount pieces on each lens were smaller than a lot of lens boards.
  4. I located the information on the bayonet universal lens mount system for view cameras. Contact MC photographic, 2235 harris Circle, Cleveland, Tennessee 37311. The phone is (615) 339-1898
    Give them a try and see if it solves your needs. I got the info out of View Camera Magazine, steve simmons excellent publication.(Jan/Feb 93 issue)
  5. One low cost technique....particularly if you know someone with access to a lathe, is to mount your lenses to 77mm screw on lens caps. Then mount female threaded caps (these are available in filter stack cap sets) to the camera lens boards using small screws and epoxy. This system works well when you are moving lenses among camera systems.

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