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retroshooter
10-14-2006, 10:07 AM
Last night I converted a studio simi view 2x3 cutfilm that I had built to use a removable film back. I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to figure it out. Except I had to build DOWN to it.

When I started building camera backs I built the side rails up to the top of the film holder then put a cover over all that. the cover had a hole for focusing on the ground glass substitute. Lately I had gotten lazy. I just built a couple of guides one top and on on the bottom and a rear film holder stop. I Held the film holder in place with a bungee cord. It works just fine by the way.

I began to realize what a pain in the butt getting 2x3 cut film was becoming and how much more expensive it was than roll film. I almost always cut 120 into half rolls. I could cut them even smaller If I want, so why not go rollfilm I thought.

answer: I like to focus and compose on a ground glass. Use the removable back you have laying on the shelf idiot. But then I would have had to build a back to use it. Low and behold the guides I had made were the right height. All I had to do was to cut some medium weight sheet metal strips and fit them to the top of the guides. Worked like a champ and took about five minutes to form and set then a couple of minutes this morning to put a couple of screws in them. I haven't tested it but there is no reason it wont shoot correctly and allow me to compose on a groundglass substitute when it is off the camera.

Just thought I would pass along that it really is easy to put a removeable roll film back on a homemade camera

retroshooter
10-14-2006, 03:28 PM
I was asked about the picture of the camera so here it is...

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