Rollei-Wide X Plate backs

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  1. Pauken4

    Pauken4 Member

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    I've been shooting X-ray film in my Rolliflex 3.5F using plate pack and cut film holders for sometime now.

    I just purchased a Rollei-Wide which has not arrived yet. I know that the Tele and Wide have backs with the hump , but don't know exactly what the hump is for. The glass insert perhaps?

    Does anyone know if the plate back will work on the Rollei-wide?
     
  2. dpurdy

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    Probably. the wide has a different latch but I have seen the wide back on a 2.8F so it would seem they are the same size. The hump back is for the optical glass that sits over the film gate inside the camera. Not sure why it needs a hump.
    Dennis
     
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    Thanks. Is there a real benefit to the optical glass? I'd be more worried about dust degrading negatives, rather than seeing a noticable improvement in sharpness. My 16X20" prints from the X-ray film are ravor sharp as they are, without the optical glass.
     
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    There is a slight difference at wider fstops, but if you are getting razor sharp prints then don't fix what aint broke.. not worth all the time you spend cleaning the glass.
    I have used the plate back a lot and it gives you the same film flatness from cut sheets as the optical glass gives you. The optical glass is to hold roll film flat.
     
  5. Richard S. (rich815)

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    I have the -wide and the tele- (and a few normal ones too). When I bought my -wide it came with the plate glass insert. I researched online other opinions about using it and after a few rolls with and without sort of agree with the prevailing feeling: it's not really worth the bother of dust and such vs what tiny if even perceivable benefit you might get.

    Congrats on such a wonderful camera. For some reason I never really like the -wide perspective using any of my cameras (about 28mm in 35mm film terms) but I somehow click with the -wide in this TLR style in a big way and now love it:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=38698047@N00&q=Rolleiwide

    (Some shots from my first few months of owning)
     
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