5x7 press graflex info

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  1. jamie young

    jamie young Member

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    I just got a 5x7 press graflex on ebay, but haven't gotten it yet. Don't know much about these cameras. Holder info would be helpful.
    Can one put 5x7 bag mags on it? Were there different holder types, or could you use any 5x7 holder? it looks in the photos like a regular spring back.I thought I would start looking into it now, before I get the camera.
    Thanks! Jamie Young
     
  2. bart Nadeau

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    While I've never actually handled one of these, my understanding from the descrtiption in catalogs is that they use Graflex holders. The spring back is just for speed in changing holders and is removable in order to use the Graflex bag mag or roll film holder.
    Are you famaliar with www.graflex.org? an excellent resource.
    bart
     
  3. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I have one and really like it. It's great to have an SLR that produces a neg that can make a decent sized contact print.

    The 5x7" Press Graflex takes Graflex-type 5x7" holders in the spring back, but does not have slides to use the slots on the sides without the spring back. Regular 5x7" holders are too narrow and have the wrong style of light trap and will not work properly.

    It takes bag mags, but not Graflex-type or Graphic-type bag mags. Bag mags for the press Graflex have two locator pins on the bottom edge and two spring clips on the top, and they snap in place. I have a plate mag with film sheaths and a later film mag. The film mag is lighter and more compact, but you'll have to take what you can find.

    Graflex-type filmholders and Press Graflex bag mags have a slot on the holder or bag mag that forms the light trap with a flange on the camera back. This is the opposite of a normal filmholder, which has a rib on the holder and a slot on the camera back.