Confusion over Fuji FP-100B45

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by JMC1969, May 28, 2009.

  1. JMC1969

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    This could be placed in quite a few different areas here, but since it is 4x5, I went with LF, Move if needed, Thank You.


    This morning when I came to work I got what seems to be conflicting items.

    In the mail came a sample package of FujiFilm "Instant Black & White Film, FP-100 B45 Professional 4x5(9x12cm) package 10 prints"

    This item is listed as "New" on the Fuji USA site http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/professional_photography/film/fujifilm_instant_films/pack_holder/index.html and as I understand it, you need either the Fuji PA-45 holder or the Polaroid 550 holder.

    Also this morning I received an email from a distributor listing FujiFilm "FP100B 4x5D" as a returning item and states "replaces Polaroid T54 (req. adapter)"

    Now it's been quite a while since I have used my Polaroid 4x5 Back, but I thought "T54" was one of the films I was able to use in my 545 holder.

    The big questions are: Are these two (2) different films? If not, Is there really an adapter to make this pack film work in a 545 holder (can't imagine how)? Also, Can you use a Polaroid 550 holder in place of a 545 for a view camera?

    Thank you for you cooperation.
     
  2. PHOTOTONE

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    The Fuji 4x5 films require the pack-film back. Polaroid made one, Fuji still does. Both work fine in all 4x5 cameras equipped with a graflok-type back. The older wood cameras with the spring backs won't open wide enough for the rather thick pack-film back.
     
  3. JRJacobs

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    Some spring backs can handle the 550 holders. I know my Nagaoka spring back has no problem. I believe Tachiharas can handle them as well - you need to check with the manufacturer specs to be sure. The 550 holder is about the same thickness as a 405 type holder.
     
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    I am guessing that this distributor is trying to market this to folks who used to use the sheet film Polaroid and are feeling the loss of that product. Perhaps the adapter is the PA-45 pack film holder. :smile: Sounds ether like they are confused or being a little misleading.
     
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    Will the pack film holder for Fuji 4x5 pack film fit under the back of my Technika without having to take the back off?
     
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    The Polaroid version of the 4x5 pack film back is 1.08" or 28mm thick. Almost as thick as a stack of 2 and 1/2 4x5 size Fidelity cut-film holders. I suspect the Fuji version is the same thickness, as the size is determined by the contents to a certain extent.

    They are designed to slide in under the ground glass on cameras that can accommodate them, or replace the ground glass on graflok-equipped backs if you so choose. Generally, a graflok-style back will accommodate them either way, as the graflok-style ground glass spring allows for a wider opening under the ground glass.