Speed Graphic and Aero Ektar

A friend lent me his Aero Ektar lens a while back.  He had it on an odd hacked up Speed Graphic, which I used, but I also got a lensboard and put it on my Speed Graphic the way that most people do it.

The appeal is the wide f/2.5 on 4×5 film, which gives you a very shallow DOF.   It doesn’t have a shutter in the lens, so you have to use a Speed Graphic with a cloth rear curtain shutter.

I hear that this lens was affordable before David Burnett put one on his Speed Graphic, and people like the results so much, its driven the price up a bunch.

Well that friend wanted his back.   I loved the results I had with it, so I got one before they weren’t quite as expensive as now.

Last Saturday there was a Seattle Flickr meetup, so I brought it along.   Its pretty laborious to use, but the results can be worth it.

I was shooting some really outdated black & white film, ISO 400, but I was shooting at 200.  I developed it at home in Diafine.

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The exposure here was 1 second, and the camera only goes to 1/15th, so I just removed the dark slide on the film holder and put it back in.  That was my shutter.

The exposure here was 1 second, and the camera only goes to 1/15th, so I just removed the dark slide on the film holder and put it back in. That was my shutter.

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I gotta make more more pictures like these.

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