Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/04/08

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Subject: [Leica] Hyperfocal distance/flash guns
From: amr3 at (Alan Magayne-Roshak)
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:35:02 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 07 Apr 2009 Lawrence Zeitlin <lrzeitlin at>wrote, in 

> If you can get your hands on it, the old Graphic/Graflex manual is  
> quite a read. 
> ...snip... 
> Cameras weighed five pounds and up. Heiland flash guns mounted four  
> flashbulbs in case a lot of light was needed for slow color films at  
> ASA 12.

> Thank God for relatively tiny Leicas.

> Larry Z
In the same vein, here is a shot of the photo staff of The Milwaukee Journal 
with their 
portable electronic flashes, in 1949.  Each weighed 35 pounds.
These were 200 watt-second Strobo Research units designed and built by Ed 
Farber and Bob Dumke.


>From left to right: Manager Bob Dumke, Robert H. Boyd, Harold W. Stanfield, 
>Henry F. Larson, 
Fred Tonne, James N. Meyer, James G. Conklin, John Ahlhauser, Donald 
Nusbaum, Angus McDougall, 
Hugo V. Gorski, Clarence P. Schmidt, Foster C. Stanfield, Neils Lauritzen, 
Asst. Mgr. Elmer Staab, 
Eleanor Sossong, Arthur Uhlman.

Photo by George P. Koshollek, Jr. from the files of Ed Farber.

Those old Graflex manuals used lots of Milwaukee Journal multiple-flash 
pictures, which inspired me
as a young photographer.  It also didn't hurt to work as a summer intern for 
Henry F. Larson when he 
was photographer for the Wisconsin Gas Co.


Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
University Information Technology Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee