need #1 shutter/advice on replacing--i pushed the limits too far

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Hi,

I'm new to large format, so I'll call this one my beginner's mistake. The short story is I broke my shutter by taking it apart because I thought I could remove a restrictor of some sort to stop down past f/64. Well, once I started taking it apart, funny things happened like shutter leaves just started dropping out even though I wasn't anywhere near them. Sigh. LOL. I guess that will teach me.

So, I have a have a Fujinon-W f/5.6 180mm lens with a 305 mm coverage circle that I'm thrilled about, but now I need a new shutter, preferably a used shutter. I'm under the impression that any #1 type shutter will properly house the lens, although I should watch to make sure I get a good aperture and shutter speed range. Are there any shutters that go all the way out to say, f/128 or f/256?

Being a starving college student, I'm scavenging the used market for this one--new shutters are expensive. Does anyone have an old #1 shutter without a lens (or perhaps with a damaged lens) that I could buy at a reasonable price? The ideal would be a Copal shutter since that was the original, but I believe many different #1 shutters might do the trick.

BTW, I was trying to get extended depth of field for a lifesize on film portrait. I read that Edward Weston used f/256 for his Pepper #30 and that inspired my "limitation override" endeavor. Later I found out that his f/256 was actually f/64 because he was using the old US system for aperture measurement. I actually had f/64 all along, and now I have nothing. Ha!

Thanks everyone!
 

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Assuming you haven't lost any parts, you might well be able to have the shutter repaired. I'd suggest contacting S.K. Grimes (www.skgrimes.com) for an estimate.
 

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Even if you've lost parts they may be able to fix it. Doner shutter or other spare parts.


If you want F/128 why do you need a shutter? Look for some of the old cheap process lenses. The ones that don't fit a shutter. Not all go that high but some do. My Nikon goes to F/128. I wouldn't pay too much for them. The cost of a shutter mount kills any saving on the lens itself. Just use it in the barrel. At F/128 you'll have no need for anything but a sundial
:D
 

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Most likely it will be a bit pricy to have repaired, but it's not an impossible job to do, providing you did not lose or break/bend a leaf. I would not even
think of replacing the shutter, just get yours repaired.

I would study very carefully what will be gained by closing down to F128.
The F64 er's did some wonderous things, but there are trade off's to the process. Perhaps a bit more study on your part and you may not feel the tiny apperature and the increase of depth of field is worth the effort. But it
most certainly can be done. :smile:

Respectfully,
C Webb
 

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I would call and then drive down to skgrimes as you are in Lowell and they are just inside the RI state line.

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