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  1. #1
    MattKing's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Delta, British Columbia, Canada
    Multi Format

    Mamiya RB67 Pro-S Rotating Back Adapter

    I've recently acquired a couple of RB67 Pro-S bodies along with a bunch of lenses and other accessories, in the hope of rationalizing my kit, and selling off the duplicates and un-needed bits.

    There is one wrinkle with the set - there are three rotating back adapters for the two bodies.

    I've done a bit of experimenting and determined that:

    1) The 3rd rotating back adapter is actually a Pro (not a Pro-S) adapter. It works fine on the two bodies, but I don't get the benefit of the enhanced interlocks or indication of rotation in the viewfinder;
    2) One of the two Pro-S adapters works fine on both bodies; and
    3) The other Pro-S adapter includes the correct indication of rotation in the viewfinder, but something about the interlocks isn't correct, because it won't let me release the shutter on either body.

    Here are my questions:

    a) any hints on what I can check on the adapter to see about correcting the problem;
    b) if I have to get another adapter, can I use a Pro-SD adapter with my Pro-S backs and retain full Pro-S functionality?;
    c) how do you identify which version of the rotating adapter you have?;
    d) anyone have an extra rotating adapter on hand? .

    If necessary I see that KEH has them listed for sale.

    Thx in advance.

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Medium Format
    One of your rev backs probably needs a bit of service. Perhaps a pin is bent or broken, or just needs some lube to get it moving freely. If the plates don't click in exactly right it will also malfunction.

    I hope when you get it all sorted out, you'll offer some of the spare parts here in the classifieds because a few people have been asking me about purchasing rev backs, they are generally not available separately.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Montgomery, Il/USA
    Multi Format
    What paul said!
    There's a pin that goes through the adapter and if it's sticking that could be your problem.
    A drop of lighter fluid will straighten that out. if it's bent you may be able to straighten it but it's hit or miss.
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