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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Pacemaker to Anniversary Graphic Adapter
I recently bought one of these adapters on ebay and I like it. If you have an Anniversary Speed Graphic, it allows you to mount a Pacemaker-styled lensboard on it, provided the lens diameter and its retaining ring are no larger than the hole. Two chromed metal clips latch down on the metal Pacemaker board and hold it securely. The tips of the clips do make little scuff marks where they touch the metal lensboard, but they are minor.
It works very well. I don't know who produced the adapter or if it is still in production.
Lens adapters are numerous and common. There seem to be hundreds of different lens adapters to put Mamiya medium format lenses on Nikons and Canons, and lots of Four-Thirds and Micro Four-Thirds adapters. Most of the time with these adapters you lose automatic autofocus and aperture controls. That's not the case with the Speed Graphic and other completely manual cameras.
Hi Bob, It may be helpful to mention that this adapter will also mount on the Burke and James Press, Wisner, some MPP, Graphic View, and indeed any camera that uses 4 inch square (101mm) lens boards and can accomodate the 3.5"x3.6" lip on the inner face. (The lip is around 1/8" thick.) This was produced for the Graphic View II, according to this article: http://graflex.org/articles/graphic-view/GraphicViewII.htmlhttp://graflex.org/articles/graphic-view/GraphicViewII.html