Graflex Graphic View II Studio Camera
Schneider-Kreuznach 210mm f/4.5 Xenar lens in Ilex No. 4 Acme Shutter
Schneider-Kreuznach 210mm f/4.5 Symmar-S Multicoated lens in Copal #1 shutter
Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/4.5 Xenar lens. This was the stock lens on the Graflex Super Graphic. It is mounted on a special lens board that connects to the electronic shutter release and flash contacts on the camera body. The board will also fit on our Graflex Graphic View II using the adapter lens board, although without the flash and electronic shutter release. A cable release can easily be used as well.
Graflex Super Graphic press/field camera
An old Leitz-branded Tiltall Professional Model 4602 tripod. This is built like a tank. It lacks some of the convenience of modern tripod heads, but works great for the heavier view cameras, both in the studio and the field.
Our 210mm Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S lens was re-mounted in a Graflex press camera lens board, from the 4x4 lens board used in the Graphic View II. This allows any lens to be used with either camera, using the adapter plate (center) for the Graphic View II.
An old and obsolete Graflex #1234 4x5 pack film holder was modified for use as a wet plate holder. See Blog for more details.
Minolta IVF incident light ambient/flash exposure meter, with 10 degree reflected light spot meter attachment
Two used 2400 watt-second Speedotron power packs and three 102 flash heads with 11-inch reflectors. The units are slaved together with an optical trigger in the 2403 pack. The 2401A can be triggered via the shutter on either Graflex camera. For tintype work, the speed of the collodion is so slow, we simply open the shutter and fire the flash manually with a handheld button. The total of 4800ws gives enough power for working with collodion, although the flash is so intense, finding willing human subjects can be difficult. The heads need to be close to the subject, so small flash-to-subject changes in distance can cause large variation in exposure. There are many power combinations that can be achieved among the three heads by isolating/combining flash output powers on the units. We bought these cheap at a commercial studio that was liquidating nearby and supplemented with bits and pieces from Ebay. The heads needed lots of cleanup and some mechanical repair, but the expensive flash tubes were good! New modeling bulbs were needed on one. All work to specifications now!
An inexpensive 20-watt long wave ultraviolet lamp was mounted beneath an old tripod to make an exposure unit for salt prints and other alternative contact-printing processes. It exposes a salt print in 4 minutes or less, about the same as the sun.
Silver nitrate sensitizing tank for 4x5, made from a water flask with the top cut off and edges smoothed. The holder is an old cigar box, sealed with acrylic spray inside, with a wooden block glued to support the tank at the proper angle. The dipper is a piece cut from a Tupperware lid with the lip formed by using a heat gun to soften the plastic, which was the wrapped around a thin dowel rod. The red color allows use in normal room light with a lid over the tank top.
Lots of chemicals for a variety of alternative processes