Graflex Crown Graphic
06 November 2017


Graflex Crown Graphic

The Graflex Crown Graphic (also known as the Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic) is a large format press camera introduced by Graflex Inc. in 1947. The lesser known Crown Graphic is commonly mistaken for the Graflex Speed Graphic which is often regarded as the most famous press camera of all time. The mistake is easy to make, however, since the two cameras are identical apart from an additional focal plane shutter on the Speed.

Being a view camera, the Crown Graphic has a ground glass back (hidden under the folding viewfinder hood) which lets users know exactly how the image will appear on film. However, being also a press camera destined for the fast-paced world of journalism, the Crown is also equipped with an optical viewfinder and rangefinder assembly located on top of the camera as well as an extendable wire frame finder designed to be used in conjunction with a circular peep finder which can be adjusted for parallax correction. Although many different lenses can be mounted on the Crown Graphic, the one included is a Graflex Optar 135mm f/4.7 mated to a Graphex shutter capable of speeds ranging from one to 1/400 seconds, Time, and Bulb.

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Manufacturer: Graflex Inc.
Origin: USA
Made in: Rochester, NY, USA
Introduced: 1947
Type: Folding, Rangefinder, View Camera
Format: 4×5 Sheet Film
Dimensions: 17 x 21.7 x 10 cm (closed)
17 x 21.7 x 24 cm (open)

 

 

 

Last Updated on 06 November 2017
 
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