Graflex Miniature Speed Graphic

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    Manufactured between 1938 and 1947 by Graflex, Inc. Like it’s bigger cousins but taking 2-1/4x3-1/4 images—a Speed Graphic in convenient travel size! (OK, not really, but if you were used to the 4x5 version, it would almost seem like a pocket camera.) All Speed Graphics have focal-plane shutters in the back. Almost like the Anniversay Graphic model, it has two focus knobs on the metal bed and chrome trim. The bed does not drop and the front does not shift side-to-side, only up and down. The sports finder is hinged, it has a tubular finder and a Kalart range finder. Shutter release and winding is on the side of the main camera body. It has what became known as the “2x3 graflock” back. On this example, a Kodak Ektar f/4.5 101mm lens set in a a Graphic/Kodak Flash Supermatic shutter (made by Eastman Kodak for Graflex). The shutter uses two springs—one for speeds of 1/25 to 1/400 of a second and one for 1 second to 1/10 of a second. The back shutter could be put on “T” and you could use the front shutter or the other way around.

    See also: graflex.org

    glsj, 秝坣, jsfotografie.com, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. arice1 70 months ago | reply

      I still need to get one of these miniatures. Film is still available from Adorama and B&H. Film holders are NOT. That Flash Supermatic shutter was cool also. If that lens is "cherry" then it has a decent single layer coating on it.. Looks to be a 1946 lens.

    2. Juan Felipe Gómez T 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MUSEE DE LA PHOTO, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. oneyesweetleif 13 months ago | reply

      I have this camera, with a 1946 flash supermatic lens (ran the serial code), Two standard film holders, two standard focusing boxes, "23" Graphic roll film holder (currently on camera) , a spare standard mini back (non-locking), and Swydam 120 roll film holder. All adapters are compatable with the locking back. Every mechanism on this camera works well and the lens is very good looking with an original cap. Bellows are also nicely soft with virtually no flaking. Any thoughts on where it should be on display ?

    4. Capt Kodak 13 months ago | reply

      Display? Well, not to sound like a museum curator, your display location should have a case, "normal" and steady temperature and a mid-to-dry relative humidity. The sensitives parts of this camera are the lens, bellows and body covering. The lens you want to protect from fungus, so having it in something to limit it's exposure to spores is important. Also too much heat can cause lubricants to run where they shouldn't be OR dry out and gum up in the shutter mechanism. The bellows and body are need some humidity--you don't want to dry them out, they'll crack!--but you also don't want to encourage mold growth. Also, a non-constant temperature (i.e. the temp swings from cool to hot and back--say, like a case exposed to direct sunshine part of the day) will cause the materials to expand and shrink and will eventually pull them away from the camera body underneath. The short form is if it's in a case, out of direct sunlight in a place where you are comfortable with the temp and humidity, it should be fine.

      Hope that helps.

    5. Hans Kerensky 6 weeks ago | reply

      On behalf of Camera-Wiki :
      Thanks for adding your image to the Camera-wiki group !
      www.flickr.com/groups/camerawiki/

      It appears here in Camera-wiki :
      camera-wiki.org/wiki/Graflex_Speed_Graphic

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