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Short answer, yes, this issue is expected. That Copal No. 1 is probably between thirty and sixty years old, and in professional service would have been expected to receive a CLA (Clean, Lube, Adjust) service every two to five years. Amateurs like us don't use a shutter anything like as much as a commercial photographer would have done before the digital era,...


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As long as you have a lens board that will take the shutter and a bellows that will allow extension to your closes planned focusing distance, you're good to go. You're very unlikely to run into any problems with movements with that lens; it has enough coverage that you'd be tying your bellows in knots before you run onto issues.


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I think this is a body condition, I have a mint condition (as in not seen much use) Century Graphic where the rear rails lift slightly as they are wound back into the body. From what I can see, I think the bed on which the rear rail guides sits are a little proud. I suspect it's a manufacturing inaccuracy. An idiosyncrasy that does not affect photo taking, ...


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A reputable source will accurately describe the condition of photographic gear and there will usually not be unpleasant surprises when it arrives. Basically reputable sources will tend to evaluate and test what they intend to sell and will prioritize their reputation over monetizing junk. If a reputable source says it works, barring an honest mistake, it ...


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According to this list published by Graflex, there are two different Sironar N 240mm F5.6 lenses. They cast image circles of 337mm and 350mm, respectively. The nominal negative size for 4x5 is 102x107mm with a diagonal of ≈148mm, so you won't have any issues with image circle size. Just be sure your lens board can take a lens that large in diameter, as some ...


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All lenes project a circular image of the outside world. This image is sharpest and brightness in the center. As you examine this image, you will discover that it has reduced sharpness and it dims thus the fringes are substandard as to image quality. This is called a vignette. As a rule, we match lenses to format size. We generally select focal length based ...


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