Graflok sizes on Graflex

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by DLawson, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. DLawson

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    [Well, maybe not all large format . . .]

    In reviewing the (alas, largely unused) sheet film cameras in my possession, and trying to get the bigger picture, I ran into a question that google (within my skill) hasn't covered.

    At least on Graflex cameras, was the Graflok just a 4x5 feature, or was it used on other (smaller) size cameras?

    And, while I'm bothering people, is it also used on larger formats (not that I can afford that temptation)?
     
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    My 2x3 Pacemaker Crown Graphic has a Graflok back. Also available in 5x7 I believe.

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    Thanks. I hadn't seen it on smaller than 4x5 and wasn't sure whether I was looking for something that doesn't exist.
     
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    What's key here is the availability of cut sheet film in 2-1/4"x 3-1/4" sizes. There are only a few B&W emulsions yet available fresh (regrettable situation only likely to get worse). Short of cutting your own film out of larger sheet sizes, roll film is about the only option for color transparencies. So most have moved on to using roll film in 120 format on MF view cameras.

    The Graflok back on a 2x3 is much more desirable than a spring back, insofar as a camera with a Graflok will accept modern roll film holders (IOW, it will not limit your options for using 120 format roll film holders to finding 620 take-up spools for an antique Adapt-A-Roll that used 620 film, and having to respool your film in order to use it. You might, however, have to either resort to this or else get inventive if you get your heart set on an old Busch Model C Pressman).
     
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    They came on 3x4 cameras as well.