can you tell if this is real or a replica graflex?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by hunky_artist, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. hunky_artist

    hunky_artist Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys, looking for some of your collective wisdom here, lol

    Is it possible to tell from this pic whether this is a real graflex or a replica? I'm not an expert on these things but I always thought real ones would have looked... older?

    or do you actually get them looking this good? (or could the photo just be hiding the marks?)

    thanks in advance :)

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  2. Gytheran

    Gytheran Sr Member

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    The bubble strip is Parks'.

    Going by that alone, I would say it's a replica. You really need to see better pictures to say for sure.
     
  3. Gytheran

    Gytheran Sr Member

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    And you can find the real deal in great shape, but they're rare.
     
  4. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    from the replica i owned (bestest one ever made.), the lettering on the bottom endcap was changed.

    ask for a pic of the endcap with the graflex print, that was the only real big "tell" on the L ones made a while back. dunno about the current ones.

    chris
     
  5. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would say the biggest tells on the Parks are the lettering on the clamp (G and X are completely between the bands, not halfway outside) and the screw holding the ears (as opposed to a bolt).
     
  6. lesternessman

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    that's from stoyano's auction. In the listing, "original" is highlighted, so I am guessing it probably is. Like hydin said, ask for a pic of the endcap.
     
  7. TheRealMcFly

    TheRealMcFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The giveaway on the parks is on the clamp, the finish will appear scratched near the creases made for the 'control box.' It isn't actually scrathed, the finish just goes from side to side there, instead of following around the tube. Also, there will be a screw holding the ears in place, instead of a peg. All originals have a that peg, so you should a smooth head on top.
     
  8. VegasSkywalker

    VegasSkywalker Well-Known Member

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    Im 99% sure thats a replica. The biggest give away for me is the space one the clamp where the bubbles go. On the replicas, the clamp closes in around the bubbles tighter.

    -Mike
     
  9. p0sitr0nic

    p0sitr0nic Well-Known Member

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    There also doesnt seem to be any lettering or markings on the clamp at all, but again, that just may be the pic.
     
  10. hunky_artist

    hunky_artist Well-Known Member

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    ok thanks for the info guys, i'll maybe ask for more pics (if my other half lets me spend MORE money this month on 'toys') lol
     

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