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sources for 4x5 slotted film holders?

 
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ssf



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: sources for 4x5 slotted film holders? Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I just came into possession of a 4x5 series D and can't wait to get out and shoot. However, my camera only came with a ground glass back and a film pack back. I started the search for 4x5 slotted sheet film holders, but so far have been unsuccessful. I have searched the usual auction site, KEH, and pacific rim - does anyone have any other suggestions for a source for these holders?

thanks!
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hporter



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They show up on the auction site all the time, though they have been pricey as of late.

BTW, you asked about film holders, but there is a 4x5 6x6 roll film holder for the graflex back on the auction site right now - for a not too obnoxious price.

There is also a 4x5 bag mag for the graflex back on the auction site now with all 12 septums advertised as in good condition. Although they are heavy, you can load 12 sheets of 4x5 film in them all at once.

I am not connected to the seller(s) of these items in any way, I just like to keep an eye out for such things.

Good Luck - I love my RB Series D.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hporter, thanks for your response. i wasn't aware of the 6x6 option.

i have heard the bag mags are somewhat fiddly, so i am holding out for some standard holders, and might spring for a grafmatic once my wallet recovers from the series D purchase. looks like i just need to have a little patience.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssf,

You are very welcome.

I'd like to share one other thing that I have learned over the years. Often sellers on the auction site have no idea what they are selling (surprise!). You will see slotted film holders advertised that are actually plate holders that require a film sheath insert to work properly. They work, but you have to make sure the film sheaths are included with the holders. If they don't show the slotted holder with a dark slide removed so that you can see the inside of the holder, be sure to ask the seller before purchasing. If it is a plate holder, you will see a single leaf spring running the long direction of the holder inside. The film sheath insert will sit against this spring and latch in on the bottom of the holder.

The pricing for film sheaths have been all over the place lately too. It would be very disappointing to buy a holder, only to find that you are missing another piece that you need that could cost as much as the holder to buy.

If I have described the above poorly, let me know and I will try to post a link to photo's that will help explain this better.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hporter, I understand what you mean. it would be a big disappointment to source a holder, only to find it incomplete for my uses. thanks for the heads up.

as an update, i was able to source one slotted holder, but the asking price is $45+shipping. a little too rich for my blood! the search continues...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: convert to Graflok back Reply with quote

Just convert it to a Graflok back. It's fairly easy, should not require much if any shimming of the ground glass, and probably lower cost than getting some 4x5 holders.
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