It started off as a jokey hashtag (#Six Million Dollar Cam) on Twitter whilst I was recording my progress on this project and well, it kind of stuck.
Now you’ve allowed me to indulge myself, let me begin with a bit of background.
The instructions provided for rangefinder tuning in part five can be used for any lens, and a Graflex Crown Graphic can still be stripped to show off its gorgeous wood shell.
Naturally, if you want to mount an Aero Ektar lens to anything other than a Pacemaker Speed Graphic, you’re probably doing to run into a few problems. The ~80 reference images you will find dotted throughout this series are all of the Pacemaker Speed Graphic model (there are a few variations).
But first, I’ll begin by sharing an image of the finished article, my AEROgraphic.
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Practice loading your film holders with some already developed/dummy sheets of 4x5.
If you don't have any on hand, as the lab you plan on working with the most; they may be able to help you. This is the first of a six-part series in which I will describe the process of creating a naked Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4×5 camera and Kodak Aero Ektar lens combination; something I call the AEROgraphic.I’ve wanted to own a naked Speed Graphic since the first time I saw one on Stephen Gandy’s Cameraquest a few years back.For skin tones, this stuff can't be beat, and it can handle an ASA range of 100-3200 (push and pull process accordingly).Making the jump from digital to film photography can sometimes be a confusing move, here are some additional tips to getting started shooting with large format film: When making exposures, always err in favor of overexposure.Initially envisioned as a single article, this…documentation…has since ballooned into something a little more substantial and I hope, more useful than it would have been.