I've just got a Grafmatic!

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I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Alastair Moore » 17 Apr 2013, 12:58

I saw one of these for the first time at the Large Format Group weekend in Beechworth a while back and have been on the lookout for one since. There was one on eBay the other day for a deal and so grabbed it. It arrived today - for a 30-40 year old piece of equipment it's in great shape! But more than that, this is going to make daily shoots far more compact. I wish I'd got one before! It's brilliant!

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Walter Glover » 17 Apr 2013, 13:06

I have had many of these over time Alastair,

They can be very good. ..... BUT!

The light traps are made of felt which makes loads of dust. Best to use a vacuum cleaner to suck it all out each time you load. There is a lot of mechanical clunking that goes on in there and this shakes the dust about.

Also ensure that the septum are flat.

I think that I might still have one for spare parts.
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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Alastair Moore » 17 Apr 2013, 13:22

Walter Glover wrote:I have had many of these over time Alastair,

They can be very good. ..... BUT!

The light traps are made of felt which makes loads of dust. Best to use a vacuum cleaner to suck it all out each time you load. There is a lot of mechanical clunking that goes on in there and this shakes the dust about.

Also ensure that the septum are flat.

I think that I might still have one for spare parts.


Thanks for the tips Walter! This one looks really clean, surprisingly so and the septums are very flat. I think I got a good one.

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Lachlan717 » 17 Apr 2013, 15:58

Bung one on that new P&S 4x5 and you could have a great day out!

Please keep us updated on how it goes.

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby sharperstill » 22 Apr 2013, 20:15

Walter,
I could be interested in some Grafmatic spare parts...

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Alastair Moore » 30 Apr 2013, 13:29

Woop! Got another one! In excellent condition. Well pleased.

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Alastair Moore » 07 May 2013, 16:25

Does anyone have any tips on removing the number wheel that implants itself on my exposed sheets?

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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby smbooth » 07 May 2013, 17:41

Drop me your email, i have a pdf of a exploded view.

See below instead .
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Re: I've just got a Grafmatic!

Postby Alastair Moore » 07 May 2013, 18:57

Cheers Shane. After a bit of brief fear when I first had a look at the PDF, I tackled it and it was easier than I thought. All sorted now, my negs will be number free!


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