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    WTB - 4x5" Plate Holder - Linhof or Similar

    I'm looking for a plate holder that will fit in a standard 4x5" spring back and has a pressure plate that pushes the plate against the perimeter of the holder, at the focal plane. I can clarify if that doesn't make sense...

    Here is what the Linhof look likes - http://glennview.com/jpgs/vcam/linho.../4x5/big_1.jpg

    If you've got one, let me know and we'll figure out a price that works for both of us.

    Thanks!
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    Besides looking as rough as a yeti, can someone tell me if indeed this is a plate holder?

    eBay #170655490086

    It appears as though there is a single metal leaf spring. I don't know how useful it would be for my purpose, but worth checking...
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    Those are plate holders, I've German 9x12 holders with similar springs. Quick flick of black paint or some stain and they'd look good

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    Hmm.. so this is effectively the same as the Linhof, but I'll need a piece of glass on the backside to allow that leaf-spring to work.

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    No they work as is, the spring holds the plate against the front, it won't break a plate it's not that strong. If you want to use film though then some use glass, card or a proper metal insert.

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    Last edited by Ian Grant; 06-15-2011 at 03:01 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Ahh, ok. I kind of mispoke. The Linhof is much more sophisticated, having the whole back asserting pressure.

    Do you think (I realize this is a hard thing to judge) that if I put a mask (RGB reseau on E6) in front of a piece of film in this holder that it will hold them completely flush?
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    You could put a thin piece of card or metal behind, those holders may be more tolerant than the Linhof's which are post WWII so possibly dual function plate & film.

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    A sudden late night thought (as I'm in Europe).

    What about Graflex film pack holders, cheap as they are useless but you could adapt to do all sorts with a home made pressure plate.

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    That's not a bad idea at all. I probably wouldn't have ventured to make a pressure plate on my own accord, but now that you mention it.. it doesn't sound that hard.

    So is the back surface of the holder rigid & strong enough to support the push of a spring? And what to use for the spring material... hmm.. I can almost see it!

    Since it's really late there now, please dream up the rest of the details.
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    ok, having looked up some pictures I see that there are already 2 leaf springs present. If that's the case, then it's just a matter of finding a material for the plate that's of suitable thickness.

    Could it really be that easy?
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