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    Mine is earlier, and definitely has only a spring back and not a Graflex/International, but everything I've found about these backs say they fit under a spring back too. Mine will accept a Grafmatic, at least, which is wider than a traditional holder.

    In any case I plan to replace the Tech III later this year so even if I get one that won't fit, I'd have it when I get another camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc B. View Post
    Jeff,
    Something else to consider. Fuji has apparently discontinued all production of B&W in 4 X 5, leaving only the color FP100c45, in the 4 X 5 size. Final shipments of FP3000b45
    (the 4 X 5 B&W), have already taken place, or are, as of this posting.

    The Polaroid 550/Fuji PA-45 backs, for 4 X 5 pack film, cost about $125 - $200.USD
    on the used market.
    The 4 X 5 pack film costs about $28 - $35.USD a pack. $3 bucks a shot, or more.

    The Polaroid 405/Fuji PA-145 backs, for 3.25 X 4.25 pack film, cost about $40 - $75.USD
    on the used market.
    The 3.25 X 4.25 pack film costs about $7 - $11.USD a pack. $1 buck a shot.

    Fuji still seems committed to producing both B&W and color film in the 3.25 X 4.25 size.
    The smaller backs are cheaper, the film is cheaper, and Fuji seems more prone to continue producing the smaller format.

    Fujifilm still lists FP3000b45 film

    Do you go 4 X 5, or 3.25 X 4.25? You make the call.

    Marc
    I found this webpage on the end-of-life for the FP-300045 product. (I was hoping it was not true.)

    http://translate.google.com/translat...lead_0132.html

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    Here's a wepage on Fuji's announcement on the end-of-life for their FP-300045 product:

    http://translate.google.com/translat...lead_0132.html

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    Resurrecting this thread to post that I got a 405 back that arrived last week. It DOES fit the Tech III without any real problem, aside from having to lift the spring back from both ends rather than just sliding it in the open end as with a regular film holder. The darkslide does get blocked a bit by the camera back, making it a bit touchy to remove but far harder to re-insert. I THINK it's going to be pretty workable though. I hope to get a chance to try it out this weekend.

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    If you're shooting rangefinder style with a 4x5" Linhof zoom finder on your Technika, I find I can get pretty close to the 3x4" Polaroid frame by setting the finder for one notch longer than the lens I'm using, so if I'm using a 150mm lens, I'll set it for 180mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    If your Tech III is an earlier one (the original poster asked about a Tech III v. 5, which was the last version--almost a Tech IV) with only a spring back and not an International (Graflok-type without violating the Graflex trademark) back, which I think the later versions of the Tech III had, then I don't know that you could use a packfilm back. Technikas open fairly wide, but I'm not sure the packfilm backs are amenable to that sort of arrangement. The 545 sheet film back could fit under the groundglass, but 4x5" instant sheet film is no longer made.
    I've just tried a Polaroid 405 slipping in under a Graflok back on a Crown - no problem, if slightly tight. On the Tech IV International back I have, it just doesn't want to go in and I'm not going to force it. Annoyingly, it's only short of being open enough by a millimetre or so. It sits in ok with being secured by the slide-locks though; so that's one way to go.

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