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    smaller sheet film cameras?

    I wonder if there are sheet film cameras using something smaller--that I could use handheld? With high-quality? And purchasable for a song?

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    Smaller sheet film? Or do you mean smaller cameras?

    The 4x5 press cameras were intended to be handheld.

    They made smaller format sheet film cameras to. But these will harder to find film and holders for. Not impossible just harder.

    I want to say some companies made sheet film backs for MF cameras but I can't remember exactly who at the moment.

    Cost varies with all the choices. Collector items are expensive. Lesser brands can be very cheap.

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    The camera I have that fits that description best, is my 6.5x9cm Voigtländer Bergheil with a 120mm f:4.5 Heliar lens.

    They tend to cost a bit more than a song though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    I want to say some companies made sheet film backs for MF cameras but I can't remember exactly who at the moment.
    Good memory, Nick... here's a bit more: Rollei made 2.35 x 3.25 inch sheet film back for their TLR. There were two versions - old and older

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    The 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Graphic camera's are small, cheaper and certainly usable handheld. Probably best used with the wire frame finder and set to hyperfocal distances. The GG is a little small for my old eye's, but usable. If your willing to carry more weight, the RB/RZ's can utilize cut film holders and have the nice back and right side up screen. 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 film I believe is still available or you can cut your own or use a rollfilm back.
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    There is a sheetfilm back for the Rolleiflex SL66 in size 2x3 and of cause the Grafics already mentioned. I own a small Crown Grafic so I can tell you that the groundglass is as usable as the ones of af any MF reflex camera are. You need a loupe and a dark cloth to focus though.

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    It's hard to beat a 9x12 Patent Etui. The most compact large format camera out there. Make sure to get one with a rim-set shutter, a Tessar lens and at least three film holders. Finding extra film holders is the hardest part. Here is a shot taken with mine:

    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...0&ppuser=10452
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank R View Post
    It's hard to beat a 9x12 Patent Etui. The most compact large format camera out there. Make sure to get one with a rim-set shutter, a Tessar lens and at least three film holders. Finding extra film holders is the hardest part. Here is a shot taken with mine:

    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...0&ppuser=10452
    Along those lines, my smallest sheet film camera is a Zeiss Trona, 1927, with a 3x4 springback/GG slid in the film guides in the back. 135/4.5 Tessar, Compur shutter.

    With the sudden loss (again) of access to 3x4 film though, it's not too practical to shoot a lot with it.

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    Even smaller are the 645 plate cameras - mine has a 7,5cm Isconar.
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    I remember lusting after a Galvin 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 view camera during my youth.
    Of course, I probably was thinking about using a roll film back with it.

    Does anyone here have experience with those?

    Matt

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