Photographer Figures - from AK Interactive

Peter; What “cover over the lens” are you referring to???

There is the bellows lens hood/shade but a cover/lens cap???

If you are talking about that front cover with the square hole mask as seen in this photo.

That is either a choke mask to give additional sun shielding when using a longer telephoto lens. (Sun flare was a much greater problem in 1938-45 than it is today with our modern multi-coated lenses designed to greatly reduce flare.)

OR . . . it is a special effects filter. - Shoot one take with the above filter mask. - Then shoot a second take with a filter mask cut to be the reverse of the first. - Sandwich the two films together and you can create, for instance, a close up image of someone surrounded by a background of other moving images, much like a movie double exposure.

Here is a drawing of a possible reverse mask for this special effect.

I had almost the exact same type of tapered bellows lens hood with similar filter masks for shooting special effects wedding shots making double exposures. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of that rig.
(My Bronica ETR wedding camera had an override switch that would let you take intentional double exposures.)

Jim Bates; 165th Signal Photo Company


Jim is the guy who shot the well known “Tank Duel at Cologne” between the US T-26 and the German Panther. Here is a link to his film:

Jim said: "If the Panther HAD fired first the blast would have probably killed him as well.

Robert Capa once said; “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough!”

These guys were something else !!!

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I think the Arriflex is turning out rather well. Cannot say the same for my attempts to revise my already built Graflex. (I am not a happy camper!)

If you are building the Graflex new from the get-go the bellows should be shortened at the rear before gluing it into the camera box body.

I am thinking I am going to have to order a second kit and start over in order to get this right!

Here is that tiny PH-324, 35mm camera that hangs around the GI’s neck. The bump for the lens should be round and not rectangular but a little filing will fix that.

Also for the GI’s kit here is a very nicely done map case. I have used a similar one myself to carry film holders. Problem is, it only holds maybe four so with one in the camera that is ten shots total for the day - not enough capacity. The musette bag is really better and more versatile for the job.

:rofl: When I initially saw the sprue shot for the bellows, I thought… that’s a pretty cool part. Then you reminded me…

Not a Graflex (though I’ve shot with them as well) this old Rembrandt Portrait Camera has been relegated to home decor duty.

—mike :camera_flash:

I really like the sculpting of this one modern photographer. I think he is really working the whole “Charlton Heston; Moses” look!


A classic studio portrait camera, the Rembrandt. It has some rise and tilt adjustments and with the right lens is just as usable today as the day it came out of the factory.

Seriously Cool!

We had the somewhat more modern Calumet 4x5 with full front and rear swings, rises and tilts for doing studio product work at Square D Company in Lexington, KY.

Stock shots seen here were quickly found online. Not my camera. Not my photography. Not the Droids you’re looking for.)

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All he needs is a cowboy hat and he could pass off as Ansel Adams.

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Hey all, Michael Goldberg @MikeyBugs is over on another thread building us a highly detailed 4x5 Graflex camera in 3D.

I plan on being his first customer!

Just thought you might want to know.
(Just doing a little cross-pollination of info here for all interested parties.)


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As to the question of just how far the lens board and bellows of the “Graflex” should be extended under normal shooting conditions I give you this cartoon illustration from the opening page of the historical website:



Question for petbat:

Have you ever seen the Arriflex battery case in anything other than black?
I seem to remember some sort of woodsy/red leather colored bakelite case but I might be confusing that with some of the German field phone hard cases???

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The few photos I have seen of the power pack are B&W so it is hard to tell actual colour but they do seem to be lighter than black. I know the camera itself could be black, very dark grey or a lighter colour depending on where and when it was manufactured (pre-or during WW2 that is).

It also depends on whether the pack was in a case or had the carry straps attached to the housing.


My guess was a dark grey colour based on pics like the above, some others I had, plus one set of pics of a museum one that someone sent me.

I have been looking for my reference pics but I have a horrible feeling they were on a removable drive my wife fried… over 9000 photos gone up in sparks.

I often wonder where the guy that colourised this one got his inspiration:

and speaking of inspiration. Dio idea?

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Have you seen this web page about Horst Grund, a German cameraman. Some wartime pics of the man and his work when you scroll through them (including the one of him and another photographer in the PKW).

Reviewing a Bridge Too Far for my “Movie Star” build Humber. In reviewing the picture gallery, I came across this one of Richard Attenborough - take a close look at the camera:

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Great site and a great website for reference.

Again the Arriflex was THE standard of the film industry for many years.

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Gonna need some film holders for that Graflex:
Missing from the AK offering would be any sign of the film holders needed for the Graflex. (Sort of equal to offering the electric powered Arriflex without including the battery box.)

Wartime film holders would be black bakelite or plastic rather then wood.
The design for either is basically the same.

Four double sided film holders equals eight shots:

Holder with dark slide inserted:

Holder with dark slide removed:

Embossed Patent Date June 7, 1927:

Here are seen some wartime style black film holders.
(Perhaps someone into 3D printing and design will help us out on this???)

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I am designing the film holder separately so it can be done.

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That’s not Attenborough, that’s Joe Levine.

oops. Cheers

Camera, with Flash, Film Holders AND Carry Case would be a nice combo to sell I think. Yeah???

Tripod is another matter - the heavy movie camera tripod is perhaps do-able with 3D printing but the Graflex tripod for the still camera is a spindly little thing that looks as though it might break just under the weight of the Speed Graphic all by itself.

Just 3 leg assemblies and a top-knot that all snap together!
These would all stow in the PH-104 carry case.


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