Manufactured sometime between 1955 and 1973, this is Graflex's Pacemaker Crown Graphic large-format 4"x5" camera with Graflok back and top-mounted Graphic rangefinder. The built-in top-mounted rangefinder was an improvement over previous models which used a side-mounted third-party rangefinder by companies like Kalart.
The camera was a favorite of newspaper photographers of the day because of its quality construction, ruggedness, fast handling and high quality optics which produced sharp and contrasty negatives. The lens on the camera is a 135mm f/4.7 Graflex Optar. The camera also has a built-in telescoping sportsfinder allowing the photographer to quickly frame his subject without having to put his eye to the tubular finder mounted next to the rangefinder window.
The camera is outfitted with Graflex's Graflok back which allowed for the use of roll film backs, and which became the industry standard because of how well-designed and easy it was to use.
The camera is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition for its age but does show various signs of use. Please see photos to determine its cosmetic condition. Mechanically, everything is working smoothly including the Graphex Full Synchromatic shutter which sounds strong and accurate at all speeds (no sluggishness), but I can't guarantee the speeds after so many years of non use. The built-in rangefinder works well with a nice bright rangefinder image. The ground glass is clean with no scratches, and the bellows are light-tight with no light leaks.
The Optar lens looks clear but there are some faint coating irregularities on the front element that are very hard to see unless the light is at just the right angle. They should have little to no effect on any photographs taken with the lens.
This Graflex model has a built-in body release - making it very easy to shoot with, plus hinged adjustable infinity-stops on the bed of the camera.
I noticed that there is a small plastic eyecup missing from the back of the camera where you look through the rangefinder window. This does not affect the operation of the rangefinder or the image you see when looking through the window. Everything looks normal; it's just missing the protective cup which isn't needed for the camera to function properly.
The camera also comes with its original battery door cover (the rectangular piece of plastic seen to the left of the rangefinder window on the back of the camera). These battery doors are often lost because if the camera doesn't have the two AA batteries installed for the Focuspot, the battery door just falls off because there's nothing to hold it in place. The Focuspot on this camera works fine; see the photo with the rangefinder windows lit up.
Please email me (daguerreian at gmail.com) if you have any questions.
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