Speed/Crown Graphic w/ Flash & Polaroid Back

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by toeknee, Jul 14, 2000.

  1. Has anyone done any "event" type photography with a speed or crown graphic, flash, and a polaroid back?

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    It seems like it would be fun, in addition to your other equipment. I realize that its additional weight/stuff to carry around, but was just wondering...

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    Couldn't find anything by searching; am I missing something obvious? Again, not a deep question, just wondering.

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    TP
     
  2. I was thinking of doing the same thing - a reason to dust off the
    Crown & Super Seed Graphics (I use another camera for 4x5 work).
     
  3. I have, though not with a polaroid, but with my graphmatic (before it
    died), and it was only at a band practice. However, it wasn't too
    bad, Ok the rangefinder was out by about a yard or less ut never the
    less it WAS easier (I felt) than using 35mm (for the simple reason I
    can hand hold to about 1/10 sec on my MPP unlike my Olympus).
    However, if anyone is interested, some of my shots from the gig
    which I had to do on 35mm unfortunately are able to be seen at the
    band's website - www.soulgreed.com. Pleas feel free to coment on the
    pictures, as I am going tobe doing a photoshoot with them, and
    possibly another gig, though this time I will use 5x4 with slow synch
    flash:)
     
  4. I did a play opening with the Speed Graphic. The play "State Fair"
    is set in the 40's so I did the gig as sort of a "Weegee" kind of
    guy. Lots of fun. Graphmatics are a major plus. I used a Vivtar
    283 flash (so what). I'd do it again.
     
  5. There's no reason why you can't, except that it makes a 4x5 graphic,
    which is already a little clumsey for most of us, even more
    unwieldy. Then, to take a shot you have to pull out the envelope and
    make the shot, push back the envelope while holding the camera with
    your left hand, then flip the processor lever and pull the Polaroid
    smoothly and steadily out of the processor, then hold the camera
    while it develops, then pull it open while holding the camera with
    your left hand, then seperate it, and dispose of the Polaroid Poop,
    then reload the holder, all while holding the camera with your left
    hand. Etc, etc, etc. It's just all too much...
     
  6. I did quite a bit of work with 4x5 Speed Graphic & Polaroid Back in
    the 60's, 70's. Build a special "focus" gadget, to offset focus
    same as film plane--with the Graphic Polaroid (roll film) Back
    Adapter. (Also used the 4x5 polaroid adapter.) Am about to put
    both adapters, along with focus gadget; on eBay, got to get rid of
    junk! All of the above too clumsy for action work, but used them
    a lot for studio-type, landscape stuff.

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    JoeB
     

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