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roll film back for my Graflex Crown 3 1/4 x 4 1/4

 
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Alan W



Joined: 20 Sep 2001
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2001 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just purchased a Graflex Crown. Can I get a roll film back for this and can I still buy 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 sheet film?? I live in the Chicago area.- Alan W
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Les



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2001 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheet film from the major manufacturers has been discontinued for decades. You could cut your own, or buy cut down film from Dick Haviland at "Film for Classics" ( think it's filmforclassics.com)

Graflex did make a roll back for the 3x4 but it suffers from not having the pin rollers to keep the edges of the film flat, and thus pictures sharp. Nonetheless, these backs are very hard to find and fetch painfull prices when they do come up.
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Henry



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it be possible to cut down the 4x5 roll film back platen to fit the 3x4? Maybe a machine shop could take on a job like this.
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cgoff



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2001 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 3 x 4 Speed that I modified for extreme wide angle using (believe it or not) a 50mm lens from a Pentax 35mm camera...

But anyway, I have a rollfilm holder made by "E. Suydam and Company" which looks like junk, being made of sheetmetal, but works just fine. The design is so basic that it doesn't even have a counter; there are little red windows on the back that let ou see the numbers printed on the 120 film backing paper. But it seems to hold the film quite flat.

I suspect that one of these would be damn hard to find, but if you see one, snap it up. The 3 x 4 camera is kind of an orphan size.
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