Outside filmholder dimensions bugger Belgian camera builder

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  1. argus

    argus Member

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    Hi all,

    just a message/reminder to you who believe that most filmholders are made in the same factory:

    The outside width of 4x5" Fidelity Elite and Riteway filmholders differs 0.065mm.
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    Fidelity Elite = 12.07 cm
    Riteway = 12.005 cm
    That's a small allowable margin, you say?

    Not to me. I own a bunch of Fidelity holders and only one Riteway and decided to use the Riteway to model a new back for my camera. If it ever got damaged, I would not whine about it.
    I must have been more precise, in shaping the film holder slot, compared to the back I built last summer because it will not allow the Fidelity holders to slip in :mad:

    I first thoutht that it might have been due to the cold (freezing -6C) while making pictures at the coast, but when checking the holders, the reason was obvious.

    On the other hand, I must say I'm very happy with the 13x18cm back. It functions as it should.

    G
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    At least you built the back for the better of the two holders.

    In 4X5 I will only use Riteways.
     
  3. Ole

    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I have a similar problem with 5x7" / 13x18cm holders: The Linhof holders are a hoplessly tight fit...
     
  4. argus

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    Jim,

    I don't have any problems with the Fidelity holders. Film flatness in 4x5 is not that much of a problem.

    In fact I like the Fidelity's more because of the design of the darkslide handles: the handles for pulling the darkslides are offset and you can take it out more easily.
    The metal handles of a Riteway holder are on top of each other and the possibility exist that you lift the holder, and thus creating a light leak, while trying to get hold on the metal puller.

    G