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turning 2x3 roll film back into a digital back
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having fun its what its about.

Good luck, keep on having fun,

Dan
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having fun its what its about.

Good luck, keep on having fun,

Dan
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ktm2000



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made another attempt at making an adapter, had some thick plastic part from another item which wasn't needed and it had an opening 1/8" larger than the view-able area. I cut it with the table saw to fit the opening perfectly, made spots in the back so the sliders of the graflok would hold it firmly into the camera then started working on some rails. when I drilled into the part, I slipped and the drill shifted angles and the shift broke the plastic.

so about 1hr wasted fabricating...

I want something out of metal so I ordered a film pack.
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ktm2000



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received the film pack and it attaches fine with the sliding rails. So far I've given it some love with a grinder and 36 grit flap disk taking the back side off. After the grinding and extensive cleaning to get rid of any dust I test fit it and it seems to stay on fine.

I have some stainless steel rails which have a spring on 1/2 the back to make the mounting point for the sliding camera portion and I have some metal stock to make the sliding portion with but I am not that good of a metal worker so I'm trying to figure out how to cut accurately.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stainless is tough to cut with any kind of shear including "tin snips". The shearing action is perfect until almost finished and then the very thin remaining stainless wants to stretch instead of cut resulting in a warped & crooked cut that is very hard on most shears.

While not perfect a small thin reinforced cut off wheel in a Dremel or bench grinder would be my choice. Also a NEW bi-metal hacksaw blade will work good if you can clamp the metal solid. Use a square and draw a line where the cut needs to be and take your time with either method. Clean up the cut with a file.

Holes drill much harder in stainless than steel and you should always use a brand new drill bit and the more expensive the better. Use very light pressure as the drill "goes though" because again the metal wants to stretch instead of cut and the drill will catch and possibly break. Use a much larger bit with light pressure to chamfer and clean the burr off of both sides. Hope this helps.
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ktm2000



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stainless rails are about 1/2" wide and pretty thin, I should have no problem cutting them to length.

as for the sliding panel with the hole for using a extension tube to attach to my camera, I was thinking of clamping 2 boards tightly together on either side of the metal piece I want to cut (not SS) then using a grinder and cutting right up to the boards.

I will take your advice and get a new hole saw for cutting the circular hole in the center

in the grand scheme of things, I'm messing around having fun, if I wanted something workable with less effort, I'd be better off with a 4x5 and something like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Moveable-Camera-Adapter-For-Sony-Nex-To-Linhof-Sinar-Toyo-Wista-Horseman-4x5/132528129061?hash=item1edb4ac425:g:yv4AAOxy3NBSeLcB

I like the 2x3 graflex and shot 2 more rolls of film over my vacation last week. Maybe my film shooting/developing skills get better, I know for certain I took one shot and advanced the roll with the dark slide in.
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