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    what is the point of extra roll film inserts

    Hi

    I've Just been offered some
    Contax insets and was wondering what the point is

    the person with them has no idea what they even are

    Is the idea of it just to make changing a back slightly quicker

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    Should of said fuji gx680 not contax

    they have a box but it looks like you can't put it in the box with film on it which seems very strange



    robin

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    Roll film inserts or roll film backs? Pre-loaded inserts save time; film backs allow mid-roll film type swaps and/or save even more time than pre-loaded inserts. That's how it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrigham View Post
    Should of said fuji gx680 not contax

    they have a box but it looks like you can't put it in the box with film on it which seems very strange



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    Thought the 680 used film backs with inserts, no?

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    I have a GX680 Mk2 with 3 6x8 backs and a 6x7 back, I also have a number of inserts that come in green boxes. I have not used them as yet but they are able to be preloaded with film to save time when on a shoot. If you come to the end of a film and you are shooting a session you do not have to mess around with trying to reload if you have already preloaded inserts, just take the insert out and refit the loaded one.

    Not all MF cameras allow this, Hasselblad V system backs are matched to their insert and it is not recomended that they are mismatched, Mamiya 645 Cameras used to only have spare inserts, the back was unable to be removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Roll film inserts or roll film backs? Pre-loaded inserts save time; film backs allow mid-roll film type swaps and/or save even more time than pre-loaded inserts. That's how it works for me.
    Yup, what he said. I was going to get a few inserts for my RZ, just to have around for larger shoots, but for $10 more I can buy a complete back.

    Edited to add: They are also handy is you own a Mamiya M645, or a similar camera that doesn't offer interchangeable backs.
    Last edited by Shootar401; 03-30-2012 at 08:02 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Pre loaded inserts are really handy for quick film changes on a Pentax 645.
    Bob

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    Yep, saving time.
    I have Mamiya 645 Pro and 3 backs and 6 inserts. Very handy when you shoot on the run.

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    Ah.. but serial #'s won't match if you are using the Squared Swede!

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    Not only quick changes, but they are lighter and more compact than backs, so if you're shooting a lot of the same type of film and need to change quickly, it can be advantageous to have spare inserts.
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