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    I am interested in adapting a 7x11 wooden film holder to accept cut sheet film so that I can shoot triptychs & diptychs. Using one sheet of film and cutting it down after exposure and development is not really an option as there will be variations of exposure etc. within the various elements. Alignment is important so just popping the sheets in with double sided tape may be too hit-or-miss. I would appreciate any suggestions for a method of doing this type of holder hack and any sources for small parts that may be necessary.

    Cheers Annie.

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    Annie,
    I am not sure that I understand your reasoning. Would you please explain how three separate sheets of film exposed at the same time, in this modified film holder you propose, would expose differently then one sheet of film exposed at that same time?

    Perhaps if I understood the basis of your reasoning I might be able to more adequately respond to your request.
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    Donald.... It is probably my 'lack of reasoning' that is confusing you, sorry! Basically I was thinking for a triptych I would like to place three sheets of film in the holder and use different approaches on each sheet. Someone on the other forum has since suggested that I use various dark slide masks to achieve that effect.... That approach may bring me closer to what I want to achieve.... However.. I still need a way to place various films in the holder if I am using a combination of colour and b&w.

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    I know Burke and James made backs for 2, 3, and 4 up on a sheet of 5x7, and maybe in other sizes. The film holder was masked in the back and moved into the various positions. Is that what you're after? If so you might find and study one of those.
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I will be using different film types for the composite.

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    Why not just use three holders? From the sound of it you're going to expose each sheet on it's own so I don't see what you gain from using one holder.

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    Robert,
    Close to home that might be a solution... but hiking with an extra dozen 7x11 film holders has it's logistical problems not to mention the cost of nearly $3000 for additional holders to just get 4 composite shots in the field.

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    Or, if you have extra dark slides, cut them up so that they just allow exposure on one side of the film. Bender photographic has a cut up dark slide that allows 2 4x10 exposures on a single 8x10 sheet, so you could use the same idea. Cut one of your dark slides so that the image is 3 1/4x11 and just reverse it for each picture.

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    If you combine the ideas. Use one holder per film type. Use a modified darkslide. I think you could get three shots per sheet of film. Instead of trying to get multiple types of film into each holder you'll be getting multiple images. The downside is you risk ruining the first image when you do the second.

    The way I see it you'll need three extra darkslides. First one would be cut short by a 1/3. The second would have hole in the middle. The third would have a hole near end that slides into the film holder. You'd need to leave a margin.

    The only other thing I guess would be reloading in the field.

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