Monday, November 4, 2013

Graflex XL Camera Guidebook

According to Wikipedia, William F. Folmer, an inventor, built the first Graflex camera in 1898, when his company was called The Folmer and Schwing Manufacturing Company—originally founded in New York as a gas lamp company. As the gas lamp market dimmed, the company expanded into bicycles, and sold cameras by other makers as accessories. Eventually, they made cameras themselves, and dropped the bicycle line. In 1905, George Eastman purchased the firm, and—in 1907—it became the Folmer and Schwing Division of Eastman Kodak. After a few interim status and name changes, it finally became simply "Graflex, Inc." in 1945.

From 1912 to 1973 Graflex produced large format and medium format press cameras in film formats from 14 × 14 (6 × 9 cm) to 4 × 5″. They also produced rangefinder, SLR and TLR cameras in a variety of formats ranging from 35mm to 5 × 7″.

The Graflex XL was made in the late 1960's and early 1970's and is technologically a bit out-dated. Dealers handle the camera and normal lens for about $400, and film backs are about $100 each. That's a lot less than a Hassy.

Graflex xl Quick Focus Lever Guidebook

Graflex xl Graflok Back and Focusing Panel

Graflex Graflite Guidebook

Graflex Multi-Grip Guidebook

Graflex xl camera systems

Graflex xl Lens and Barrel Guidebook

(via Charlie Kamerman's Flickr)

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