I recently started in large format with this camera. Graflex Crown Graphic is well-known 4x5 rangefinder widely used by news photographers and alike in 50th and 60th. This model is a great camera from 50th (mine was build 1958). I have the only lens, 152mm Kodak Ektar in Suprematic shutter, bellows were worn and I repaired them, rangefinder broken and I fixed it, too, so it is working. I use it with:
- Polaroid 545 4x5 back with 55 Polaroid Positive/Negative sheet film
- Polaroid back for 667 packfilm (same I use for my *roids)
- 6x6 back for 120 film
Crown Graphic is a press camera, so its abilities for movements are limited, do not expect it to be truly large format camera in terms of perspective control etc. But it is very, very good, light and compact (for 4x5), and with 55 film you can get both positive and high quality negative after very simple onestep open light clearing process.
Please see some examples of the pictures taken with the camera below on this page.
The place is New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I used 120 negative film in 6x6 back for Crown Graphic.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 120 negative film and 6x6 120 back for Graflex Crown Graphic.
Same place (New Smyrna Beach, Florida), Graflex Crown Graphic with Polaroid 4x5 back and Polaroid 55 Positive/Negative 4x5 film, scan from the negative.