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    Quote Originally Posted by Apugabug View Post
    How much trouble is it to swap out the screen with the film holder and back compared to inserting flat film. Is it relatively simple to swap out?
    It's not complex or difficult to swap a film back in and out, just a pain to do for each shot and without moving (slightly, depending on how secure the tripod) the camera on the tripod. Specific mechanics will depend on the camera. Using a Graflex press camera as an example, you typically have to move a sliding latch at both top and bottom, take the GG back off, replace it with the roll film back, then put the GG back on again. Less of an issue if you're using an accurate accessory viewfinder and don't need the GG back for each shot.

    The Calumet style holders mimic the standard sheet film holder as far as inserting and extracting; so nothing to remove and set back down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apugabug View Post
    How much trouble is it to swap out the screen with the film holder and back compared to inserting flat film. Is it relatively simple to swap out?
    the only trouble about swapping out the focus screen for the roll film holder
    is that the camera can move or jiggle &c juuuussst a little bit,
    and your composition will not be the same. i have a 2 roll film backs
    both 4x5 a graphic 23 and 22 and never use them on the cameras
    with removable focus screens for the reason mentioned above ..
    instead i have them masking taped to the back of a graflex slr
    because the focusing is done through the top not the film plane ...

    if you are good with your tripod in securing your camera so it won't move
    and your focus is locked tight, you won't have trouble swapping the focus screen
    for the roll film holder ...

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