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Graphic Close-up Views.

Always interested in close-up photography, a 'new' Graflex Graphic View II has finally gotten me to do some 4x5 testing...
For an explanation, formulas and a neat new bellows extension factor calculator, see the Close-up Calc page.

Bugs Rule!

Interesting, a bit, I hope.

Why? Read below...

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I have been wondering just how close up I could get with my new Graphic View II. I love close-up photography with my 35mm but haven't done much with 4x5. The GVII, and this obliging lady bug on the rear of an old computer monitor got me going...

I decided to try a 90mm lens first because it should get me in closer due to bellow extension restrictions. This shot , at full 16 inch extension, is as close as I can get. I added the ruler just for the test and to add something to the photo. True depth of field was about 1/4 of an inch. The added depth is from using f32 and full forward tilt of the lens. Shot with Polaroid Type 52 film at ASA 400 for 45 seconds. Magnification is about 3.3 to 1 since almost 1 1/5 inches fills the 5 inch length of the view. Oh, by the way. The ruler is upside down because it viewed right-side-up on the ground glass. Forgot all about the rersulting photo ;-()...

So now I know how close I can get ;-) More interesting close-ups will hopefully follow...

Pens & Pencils...

This is what happens when you get bored sitting at the desk...

It looked good in person and not bad on the ground glass. The Polaroid Type 59 film just couldn't handle the long exposure of 15 seconds at f32 through my 150mm lens at full 16 inch extension for about a 1.25 magnification. Using a flash would have helped but I wasn't in the mood to figure out the exposure ;-)

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