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    Almost as rare as Rocking horse dung

    After 3 years of searching diligently I've finally been able to buy 6 9x12 cut film adaptors for Plate holders.

    I need more but now intend to get them made in future, they aren't rocket science.

    If any one else is interested let me know, I can't make promises but I guess other sizes are possible but a pattern might be necessary.

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    I'd be interested in getting some. I have 9x12 film & 9x12 plate holders but no film sheaths.

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    I have some, but always need more.

    I can also provide other sizes for use as patterns, including 6.5x9cm, 10x15cm, 5x7", 13x18cm and 18x24cm.
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    I'll hopefully be getting the 9x12's made in about 3 weeks, when I'm back in the UK. PM on it's way goldie

    There's a lot of skills out there in the community we don't think about tapping into, or even appreciate are there. When I bought my first LF camera a De Vere a leaf spring on the back was broken, my father took it to work -n the new springs ere better than the originals.

    Ole, for other sizes I would ideally need some scrap film & a plate holder, but in reality you should already have access to engineering workshops that could make them for you.

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    Are the sheaths really that rare? I've found 9x12 sheaths / plate holders fairly easy to come by, I've only been looking a few months.

    On the other hand, I've been looking out for 13x18 for a kind soul who helped me out with 9x12 gear, and 13x18 Zeiss / Ica gear really does seem rare. If anyone has any unused, contact me and I'll pass the info along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I'll hopefully be getting the 9x12's made in about 3 weeks, when I'm back in the UK. PM on it's way goldie

    There's a lot of skills out there in the community we don't think about tapping into, or even appreciate are there. When I bought my first LF camera a De Vere a leaf spring on the back was broken, my father took it to work -n the new springs ere better than the originals.

    Ole, for other sizes I would ideally need some scrap film & a plate holder, but in reality you should already have access to engineering workshops that could make them for you.

    Ian
    If I were going to tackle a project like this I would consider getting a male/female letterpress die pair made up and stamp some sort of rigidity pattern in the sheet before bending it up such as the Kodak ones have.
    Most small letterpresses such as the Heidelberg platen could deliver enough pressure. Even an arbor press.
    Bend the lips long enough to handle and then mill them to size. Not try to form those tiny lips same size. Better yet rim them to size with a horizontal mill and slitting saw.
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    Mark, you've given this some thought! Sounds like some useful pointers there. I like the Kodak sheaths too, nice design.

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    The Kodak Recomar 9x12 holders are common in the US and they often come with the film adaptors, but in Europe the plate holders & film pack backs seem to have bee more prevalent.

    I have detailed photographs of the Kodak holders & inserts, they were made to be used together and the inserts are different to those made in Europe. By the time Kodak entered the 9x12 market buying Nagel the field was already fairly mature and glass plates far less common so there was then a greater need for a dual purpose plate/film holder.

    The simpler European style film inserts work fine and are obviously far easier to make, the costs of getting a pair of dies made to press Kodak style inserts is to high for the small number required, particularly for more than one size.

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    Ian, if you can post the pictures of the kodak holders it would be interesting to see the difference between these and euro holders, i suspect they are simular to kodak larger format film sheaths. i cant imagine the small 9x12 size would benifit too much by pressing rigidity paterns into them. at least the couple of different euro types i have dont seem to need them.

    curious how much these are going to cost you to make, i have a local firm that will order in the thin sheet and laser cut me some (i looked into it quite some time back so they have my plans on their computer, but other things keep cropping up for me to do instead, so i havnt placed the order yet) but its not exactly cheap---i have around a dozen which is generaly enough but there are times when i want more (another ten or so) so i have been meaning to get them done--to make it economical though i would get one or two sheets of steel cut and have to sell of the holders i dont need, which i figured might take a while lol

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    I'll try and find the Kodak photo's, not sure where they are at the moment. The Kodak 9x12 plate holder looks similar to the european ones, it's not like the Kodak film & plate holders for other formats. It's just the way the film converter fits in and is pressed that really differs.

    Like you I can't see any need for pressing 9x12's I don't suppose they had laser cutters in Germany pre-WWII though

    So far I've no idea how much they'll cost to make but as I'm not after a large quantity they'll have to be cut by hand, which is how many would have been made originally.

    Ian

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