Calling all ebay Junkies-Quickload holder needed.

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by mark, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. mark

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    All right, this is getting completely insane. As I said before, it has been a long while since I have picked up a camera. In fact I just decided to open up the bag, the last camera I used was in. This would be the 4x5 field camera I used up the lower Dolores river 2 years ago. Everything is where it is supposed to be....except the quickload holder. Ahhhhhh CRAP! This one I am sure is gone. Probably fell out of the bag or something.

    Now I can't even find one on ebay. Any of you EBAY junkies help me out by pointing me to one?
     
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    Will fuji quickloads work in them?
     
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    They do for me. I haven't shot a ton of them, but I have not had problems...
     
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    You can use a polaroid holder. Kodak Readyload holder would also work, but I believe you would want the newer version with black pressure plate.

    Jon
     
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    The newest Readyload holders works fine. It's been as good as the Quickload holder for me. I hve both, but usually carry the Kodak, and will until I use up the last of the Readyload sheets I have.
     
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    Yes, pretty much any 4x5 polaroid sheet holder will work with quickloads, and they are a dime a dozen. If you want you can modify it slightly to make it lighter and easier to use, I have a little blog tutorial on that. I recommend sacrificing one quickload sheet to make sure the unclipping/reclipping mechanism works well.
     
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    I have a couple of Polaroid holders that I don't use but I didn't think they were good for anything. I want to say there's a 500 and a 545 or maybe a 550 - one is black and the other sort of beige. If you can tell me which one would work for you, I can check tonight when I get home.

    Dan
     
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    The Polaroid holders don't have a pressure plate, so film flatness may be an issue. I believe I had this issue sometimes but never really tracked it down for sure. This was be before I got the Quickload and Readyload holders.
     
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    At least in my experience with quickloads, it's not an issue. I find that the sheet film is so rigid and firmly held that a backplate really isn't necessary. I think if you sacrifice one and poke it with the darkslide removed, you'll arrive at the same conclusion.

    Of course, you could certainly install a backplate if you felt the need....
     
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    I thought I would check this since I have all three holders. I checked the Polaroid 545 holder, the quickload, and the Readyload with two scrap sheets of Quickload (screwups in the filed I saved for this sort of thing). I noticed I had one warped piece of Astia, and one perfectly flat piece of Acros. The warped piece of Astia has wavy edges, and I'm not sure what the cause of these were. This may have been the film I was having trouble with years ago with the Polaroid holder. I had assumed it was the holder and not the film.

    The polaroid holder uses springs to hold the edges of the film against the fixed back of the holder. This worked fine, and the only parts not perfectly in line with the rest were about 1/2 and inch on the end away from the clip, which was bent towards the lens by 1/4mm or less. Not terrible, but not great. This seems to be because the springs don't extend all the way to the end. The springs were not strong enough to make the wavy warped film lie flat. Not really an issue as most film shouldn't be warped.

    The Readyload hold uses a pressure plate to pus the film into the from rails of the holder. This worked well for the flat film, but the spring strength wasn't enough to flatten out the warped one. So with my warped film you would have definite focus issues, but again not a real world issue.

    The Quickload holder also uses a pressure plate, and the springs on this were much stronger. They were almost able to flatten the warped film out, and the focus issue would be much less.

    In the end all three holders should do an equal job of holding the film flat and in the proper plane. The polaroid holder may show a very slight focus shift on one edge, but probably only a few mm of image are would be affected. I wouldn't worry about it. If I needed to buy a "new" holder I would probably go for a lightly used Kodak Readyload as it should be cheaper than the Fuji. Why not the Polaroid holder? Simple, it's heavier and the point of Quickload film is to shave off the pounds. If Polaroid film was still made, it would be a different story.

    Another bonus of the Readyload holder is it came with a nice nylon pouch for protection.

    Hope this helps someone.
     
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    Yes this is helpful. I deesire to get out and shoot my Tachihara more than I have in the past. I have a Poloroid back, and like you did I do not have any idea what model it is, nicely tucked away in tha atic above the garage. I'll have to find it. I have been wondering about spending the money to get a Fuji quickload and not rob Santa of his gifts for others this Christmas.

    So I will spring for some Fuji quickload film and give it a try. BTW, was stunned to see your name. My name may be very close to your

    Lee Gephart
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    The Polaroid 545 in all of it's versions works. Remember, Polaroid packaged an E-6 film Readyload clone of it's own way back when in addition to packaging all of Kodak's Readyload products. That explains the demise of Readyloads with the demise of Polaroid.
     
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    Agree, never had a problem with my 545 back either with Quickloads...and they are cheap now Polaroid have st0oped making film...