Converting a bookform back to spring?

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by bliorg, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. bliorg

    bliorg Member

    Messages:
    620
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2006
    Location:
    NW Philly, P
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    Hi, all -

    I'm looking at buying this old, 6.5x12" plate camera with the intention of cobbling some sort of 5x12 spring back for it.
    [​IMG]

    I have no experience with this type of back (the bookform back). Is it a reasonable thing to do, replacing the existing back with a spring one? The woodwork, and even the metalwork, aren't an issue. Design- and engineering-wise, though, is it possible?

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. freygr

    freygr Member

    Messages:
    137
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Location:
    Portland Ore
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The problem I see is finding the springs, the ground glass and woodwork is not a problem. If the back is glued on you could damage the camera. The only Design problem is you need a standard 5X12 film holder, and you just cut the light traps match the ones on the film holder.