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    2x3 film availability

    Hi folks,

    Are there any color films available in 2x3? There are times when the baby Technika would be usefully smaller/quicker (with the RF) than the Shen Hao, but not if I include the Super Rollex RFH, which weighs a ton, not to mention the GG/RFH shuffle (if you're using the GG). I know about J&C for B/W, but I can't find anything in color, and I'm not really set up to cut down a larger sheet.

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    Hmmm, not a good sign...

    I just thought of this question today, searched, didn't find anything, and came here to post a question, only to find Davet's question already posted.

    I haven't tried yet, but I wonder if 120/220 film can be cut down. If it's truly 61.5 mm wide, this is 2.42" and I don't know (yet) if it fits. I can find out when I get home.

    Oh, wait, I see this question was just posted. I thought it was 2004, but that was Davet's join date.

    OK, I feel better there aren't alot of answers yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murray@uptowngallery
    Hmmm, not a good sign...
    I haven't tried yet, but I wonder if 120/220 film can be cut down. If it's truly 61.5 mm wide, this is 2.42" and I don't know (yet) if it fits. I can find out when I get home.
    I don't think so, it's pretty narrower from what I recall. Plus, it's definitely thinner: a party for planity problems.
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    Best would be to cut 5x7 into 4 pieces. Check the measurements out before you buy the film but I think that works. Considering how little colour is sold in 5x7 I wouldn't be too hopefull for 2x3.

    Is the Tech 2x3? Or 6.5x9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
    Is the Tech 2x3? Or 6.5x9?
    Good question, and I suppose it all depends on the back. But 6.5x9cm is the "standard metric" size, used on old folders like the VAG.

    I have a funny little "ARCAP" Combination Double Film Holder here, the packaging claims it "will hold two films of any of the following sizes: 2 1/4 x 3 1/4, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, 6.5 x 9 cm, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 plates".

    I suppose it works - haven't got round to trying it on a camera yet.
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    I have not seen any color film in the 2x3 size. I use an Adapt-A-Roll for in my Busch Pressman C and have been happy with it. It doesn't weigh all that much and doesn't add a lot of bulk, certainly no more than carrying several 2x3 sheet film holders would anyway. Having said that, if you do find color 2x3 sheet film please let me know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
    Is the Tech 2x3? Or 6.5x9?
    Good question, I've only ever used the Super Rollex with it (when I got it, even BW was hard to find in 2x3/6x9) I've a manual somewhere, maybe it'll resurface one day ... anyway, I've only 2 real beefs (beeves?) with the SR back: it makes the kit heavy enough that you might as well carry a larger format, and the GG/RFH thing is distinctly clunky.

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    I have 2 Graflex rollfim holders (6X9) for my 2X3 Mini Speed and 2 to fit my 4X5 cameras. I haven't seen 2X3 color film is a long, long, looooong time!
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    "beeves" - I like that. That's better than beefuses...I'll stop using that term.

    220 Agfa sample I grabbed (no reason it would be any different) was WAY too wide to fit 2-1/4x3-1/4 holder, eyeball 3-4 mm too wide. I suppose two cuts aren't much worse than 1 if you have a sharp tool.

    I bought some recently outdated 4x5 Ektachrome 64 on eBay to play with (cause I can't afford to play with the fresh stuff), and considered it to cut down too. I have 2 rolls of Agfa 160 in 220 left; I finally learned to stop trying to plug light leaks in 120 cameras. It was fun while it lasted in a Moskva V with the 6x6 mask further masked down to 645...got about 27 exposures hand counting turns, just too many leaks.

    Next question is whether a lab can handle 2x3 color without clogging the machine...is this where a so-called 'dip & dunk' lab is desirable? I don't know exactly what's meant by that.

    I found no color in the list of various brands at J&C, which was where I thought it might turn up, if anywhere.
    Murray

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    How would you develop it? (Nobody else would) Sounds like a royal pain in the butt to me. Rollfilm is such an elegant solution. Better enjoy it while it's still here. I bought a bunch of Type J single sheet holders for the Mamiya one time. Shot half a dozen. Figured out they don't fit into anything for development (Jobo 2500 series) and they're in the freezer to this day. I need to put those holders on feebay.
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