Sorry to hear about this Scott. Hope you get things sorted out soon.
I have been using Mamiya RB Pro S and Graflex XL.
You can mount both Graflex knob and Singer lever holders onto Mamiya RB pro S. Both film advance and double exposure enable pins just clear the top of the housing and does not interfare with the camera operation.
Also you can mount Mamiya pro S holders onto Graflex and the camera works fine.
But there is a problem. The film registration is different. For Graflex, it is 0.190" and for Mamiya 0.173". This is the reason why Arca Swiss makes different adapters for those backs.
Nevertheless, I am quite happy using RB pro S backs on my Graflex XL. I put a shim made out of two layers of black construction paper (0.015") under the back. The Mamiya backs make quite a improvement on the film flatness over Graflex ones.
Unfortunately there is not a easy way to offset the difference on Mamiya with Graflex back. One may not notices the focus shift with a long lens specially close ups, but shure sees it with a wide angle lens.
The prices of Mamiya RB's came down recent years, and it is the much better idea to get the proper backs for the camera.
I hope this will answer your question.
You are addressing The Issue that almost nobody ever approaches.
Product vs. Process.
The basic difference is that "a photograph" is a sort of commodity, a material object, and, as such, passive. When you have made it, you can put it in a box.
You seem to be interested in something very different from that, and like what most interests me: photography as a verb, an active process, done without undue regard for what is going to result from the activity. How do you know what is going to result? Do you need to know, or is the activity a process of discovery?
The result, if "successful" might be regarded as a gift, or a surprise, and if really successful, maybe even a miracle.
Along the way, there will be a lot of what others may regard as "failures" but for the process worker, each of these represents something learned. There are no failures.
Good for you, Stephanie! You have revealed yourself as a traveller on the golden road. You are an alchemist!
Thank you Tom! Been working madly for this show and frustrated to no end. I really needed to hear something encouraging
"Creative juices apparently haven't all dried up (as I have currently been fearing). Ideas are smashing in."
Judging from the work on your website, I should say not. Don't you just love it when you have those revitalizing moments?
just noticed a seemingly similar lens on Ebay.
quite expensive I think, and the description on it is far from good, but one could write the compagny..(?)
P.S. upon further reflection, I do believe that the factor of 2x above is a bit too pessimistic, it might be closer to sqrt(2)=1.4x due to photon counting statistics.
Wow those are just beautiful! I have one like that, a Darlot 12" landscape menischief that I plan to do something similar (but no garden, no beautiful model, so much for similar :rolleyes: ).
image in question can be seen here: