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SECTION 77 - Graflex Grafmatic 45 Service Instructions & Parts Catalog - Free Download


SECTION 77 - Graflex Grafmatic 45 Service Instructions & Parts Catalog - Free Download


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Graflex Grafmatic 45 Sheet Film Holder

Service Instructions & Parts Catalog - Section 77


The 4x5 Graphic Grafmatic Film Holder (for Graflok Back) and the 4x5 Graflex Grafmatic Film Holder (for Graflex Back) is an automatic magazine holding six individual sheets of cut film. Besides indicating the exposure number, it has an indicator to tell whether the film is in the exposed position or covered. It also has a device numbering each negative as it is exposed.

The 4x5 Graphic Grafmatic holder is not recommended for use with Graphic Backs, since Graphic Backs do not have the facilities for locking the Grafmatic in place — but if used, care must be taken to avoid accidental removal of the holder during operation. When the Grafmatic holder is used in a Graflok Back, slide it under the focusing panel and be sure to lock it in place with the slide locks.


Two movements are required — PUSH and PULL. When pulling the slide or film compartment, pull straight outward — not backward — to avoid leverage pressure against the focusing panel or slide locks with possible danger of light leak. First check to see that the exposure counter dial is turned (use the edge of your thumb) so that the number “1” appears and that the drawer lock disc is turned to allow operation of the dark slide.

Pull the slide all the way out and push it all the way back. The first film septum will spring upward and be locked in the exposed position and the red dot at the back of the holder will be uncovered indicating that a film is in position ready for exposure.

After exposure the first film must be moved out of the way. To do this, press down with your thumb on the chrome latch holding it against the slide handle and PULL the entire film compartment all of the way out. Release the latch and PUSH the entire compartment in with the handle. When it is all the way in, the exposure counter dial will move to No. 2 and the red dot will be covered indicating that the film is covered and that the holder can be removed from the camera.

The same sequence is followed for all six exposures, after which an “X” will show on the exposure counter dial and both the slide and drawer will be locked in the compartment indicating the six exposures have been made.

NOTE: The Grafmatic holder must be in the camera when the septums are being shifted. The film will be fogged if the film compartment is opened when the holder is not in the camera. To prevent accidental opening of the drawer (on early model) be sure the counter dial is set at a numbered position. To release the slide for recycling or loading turn the dial to No. 1.

To load or unload the Grafmatic film holder set the indicator dial on a number, press the chrome latch toward the handle and pull the film compartment out. Hold this compartment in this extended position and PUSH the slide handle in until it releases the chrome latch, then PULL the slide out. Film septums have springs under them and will pop up. When loading the septums, keep the film notch over the notch at the open edge of the septum.

Before putting the septum back into the compartment, be sure that the counter slide, by the felt strip, has been pulled back out of the way, into the end of the film compartment.

CAUTION:When the holder is open for loading, note that slight pressure on the button on the underside of the film compartment will release the automatic exposure counter slide. If the holder is laid on a flat bench, no difficulty will be encountered; otherwise, it will be necessary to make sure that this slide does not extend into the septum chamber before attempting to insert the septums — failure to do so may result in jammed and bent septums.

When loading septums in the film compartment use the thumb and finger, holding them to act as a channel, guiding the septums down into place. All six septums must be in the compartment in order to operate the counting mechanism.


Many troubles encountered by the repairman will be very obvious, while others will not be too apparent. The following table of potential troubles, causes and remedies is supplied so that difficulties may be promptly recognized and proper steps taken to overcome them. Before disassembly check for loose or missing screws and sliding surfaces that are binding because of lack of lubrication... (continued)

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