A Graflex 3×4 camera converted into an instant camera accepting Fujifilm INSTAX wide film. The camera is interesting for everyone who wants to experience the old style of photography without the requirement of diving deeper into film processing. After a short learning curve, the camera is able to deliver beautiful results with a vintage touch. The use of an external light meter is mandatory to achieve good results. Alternative, there is a great selection of light meter apps for smart phones available. More information about the camera project can be found in my blog.
Following works have been done to refurbish the camera and convert it to accept Fuji INSTAX wide film.
The leatherette has been completely removed and the wood underneath as been sanded and waxed. Black paint of the metal parts have been removed and brass parts polished. A new focusing hood and bellow where installed. CLA of focusing mechanics and shutter with adjustment of the shutter speeds. The Lomo Belair INSTAX wide holder has been adjusted to fit to the back of the camera. An adapter to hold the back in place as well as an adapter for the crank, focusing screen and shutter speed table have been designed and 3-D printed.
Camera: Graflex RB Series B manufactured between 1923 – 1942
Film format: Fuji INSTAX wide
Film Holder: INSTAX Lomography Belair back with manual crank
Lens: Kodak Anastigmat f4.5/160 (6 3/8″) – (exchangeable)
Shutter Speeds: 1/40 sec – 1/1000 sec
The aperture settings on the lens are a bit difficult to read due to the old paint. However, the lens is removable and can be exchanged with another one.