US ARMY Rangefinder camera 70mm – Graflex Combat Graphic


Airborne Museum, Fayetteville, NC from a trip south in 2002

This is an excellent museum. lots of info and displays including a section the First Special Service Force “The Devil’s Brigade” see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade

This Camera is sometimes nicknamed a Texas Leica. It is a very large rangefinder camera, taking 70mm film.

See this: http://www.digoliardi.net/ks6/

Some features: wind-up spring driven motor drive, finder shifts for different lenses. A film cutter so you can change films anywhere in the roll. Shutter release is on the back by the right thumb. Field finder accomodates three lenses (rotates 180 degrees for the wide frame), the flash accomdates both Edison and M type bulbs (a socket for each. See the pics.) Has a big switch by the film speed dial to set the proper flash delay for FP bulbs. Tripd mount on bottom and one side. Uses the universal 70mm cassette common to Hasselblad and others. And more.

Film for them, double-sprocket 70mm, is getting very hard to come by. Very expensive.

It was surprisingly quiet, too.

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