Which Graflex better with wide angle lens?

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by eric_m|4, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Howdy,
    I'd like to know which accepts wide angle lenses better - the Super Graphic or the Super Speed Graphic? Or are they both the same? The widest I have is 75mm. Thanks.
  2. The only difference between the Super Graphic and Super Speed Graphic is the shutter the standard issue normal lens is in. The bodies are the same.

    The Super Graphic (SSG too if you don't understand "the bodies are the same") is hostile to short lenses. This because the inner and outer bed rails are not linked. Focusing a lens that makes infinity with the standard on the inner bed rails isn't easy. See http://www.bnphoto.org/bnphoto/LFN/CamProf_SuperGraphic.htm

    If you want a Graphic (not Graflex, in Graflex-speak Graflex means SLR) that works well with w/a lenses get a Pacemaker Crown Graphic. Pacemaker Graphics (Speed with focal plane shutter, Crown with a thinner body and no fps) have linked inner and outer bed rails.

    That said, Charles Monday, who posts elsewhere as Shutterfinger, once told me that the SG's minimum extension is 41.9 mm. If he's right this is usefully shorter than the 4x5 Crown Graphic's 52.4 mm.

    All this may be moot. What short focal length(s) do you have in mind?
  3. Hi Dan,
    I was wondering if I could use it with a 75mm
  4. I don't see why not. Whether you'll like to use it with a 75 is another question. If you haven't bought an SG yet, think about other field cameras that are easier to use.

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