I bought this mint Super D not long ago to use it with lens below: *Schneider Kreuznach Xenotar 150mm 2.8 *Aero Ektar 178mm 2.5I'll be strictly focusing with mirror instead of ground glass, is there a way to focus infinity or least 15-20 feet?
Since rear element touches flip mirror when retracting would shaving bit of mirror will solve the problem or should I leave it to professionals?
You can mount a 180mm tessar type lens on a 4x5 Graflex and still focus to infinity. The prior owner put an 8 exposure Graflex 120 roll film back on it then he marked the ground glass for the cropping using a black marker. If I tried to take a picture the image would be fogged due to light coming in through the gap. The back comes off pretty easily, and replacing the felt shouldn't be difficult.
but because of more glass elements in the Aero Ektar, (seven I think) there is no way to mount the 178mm Aero Ektar on a 4x5 Graflex (except perhaps a non Rotating Back version that has a shorter mirror) The ones you see use an extensively modified 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 version of the Graflex SLR and either use the smaller film size or mount a 4x5 back on it which will work but not provide a full 4x5 image. The pin for rotating the back may be trickier, but it's really just a pin that presses a spring that releases the back, something could be fabricated, or the whole back could be swapped out from a junk camera.
Considering you're mentioned the "Weegee" type of look, Weegee used a standard lens (150mm on 4x5), 1/200th sec.
What this problem means is the lens was made with a flange to film distance shorter than what you have. [ nizomi: oh yeah, I have no idea what I was thinking about. I have no idea how to fix this, suggestions are welcome. Does anyone out there know someone who repairs these cameras? The Kodak lens on the Super D all use the CAMEROSITY code on their serial numbers; with C = 1, A = 2 and so on. there are four flat head screws on the back of the mirror support that loosen to unclamp the glass.The pin for rotating the back may be trickier, but it's really just a pin that presses a spring that releases the back, something could be fabricated, or the whole back could be swapped out from a junk camera.Just take care to note where the screws came from, they vary in size, and there are some below the felt.I had the same problem mounting a 180mm f/3.5 Heliar on a Graflex D. I have no idea how to fix this, suggestions are welcome. Does anyone out there know someone who repairs these cameras? I have used first surface mirror from Kaleidoscope supply; it works great but that does mess up the focus. Maxsame: Thanks for the serial number information but I do not have a lens. [ Maxsame: Thanks for the serial number information but I do not have a lens. The help section on is the place to go to find out how old your graflex is.The 5 element lens would not clear the mirror at infinity. On the front: Super D Graflex Trade Mark Registeredfor Automatic Diaphragming Serial Number under the lid on top: 4167xx Is there any way to know the year of manufacture using the serial number? Even if I could release the rotating back, someone managed to get the felt light trap messed up so there is a small section of fabric folded over itself and sticking out. [ OK, the other day I took out my 4x5 Graflex and wrote down what is on the name plates. You can ask about the specific year, or just see the production date range for a rough idea.