I’m currently in the process of purchasing this camera someone at my camera club. The Miniature Speed Graphic was manufactured between 1939 -1946 and takes sheet film measuring 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4 which is still available online. This model has a spring back, but the previous owner made custom holders to accept 120 roll film backs – which I have 2. Although smaller than my Crown Graphic 4×5, I find it a bit awkward to hold, and it takes a bit to get used to switching between the rangefinder and viewfinder windows. The speed graphic has a focal plane shutter which allows the use of old barrel lenses without an internal shutter. I don’t currently own any, but it’s nice to know I could.
I took this camera down to my brothers house on New Years and was firing off a couple test shots on some Ilford Delta 3200 film.I can’t say I’m overly pleased with the results, but I’m going to attribute that to the slow shutter speed (it was dark in the house), and the wide open aperture. When the weather warms up a bit, I’l take it out for a real test, and maybe I’d even get a box of sheet film for this. Below are a couple shots I’ve taken so far.
Camera: Miniature Speed Graphic
Lens: Kodak Ektar 101mm f/4.5
Film: Ilford Delta 3200
Developer: Kodak HC-110 Dilution B @ 20.7C for 13:42 minutes.
Scanner: Epson V850
Catalog ID: 2017-077