Oren, thanks for reminding me to reread the thread from the start.
Interesting. http://www.largeformatphotography.info/toyo.html makes me wonder whether the 45a is the right camera for short lens fantasies. As you know, I entertain them m'self, sometimes succumb.
I had a family picnic today and shot a group shot and a few portraits and I had fun with the perspective control but also thought there needed to be more compression so I think a longer focal length would be best. I'll do some research.
One comment, I now own a 75mm lens, and a recessed board made by toyo thats 24mm so they do exist directly from the manufacturer.
SECONDLY, I have a conundrum...
I finally bought the back, found one on ebay recently that looks brand new, $450 total paid, and everything seems to work, as I said it looks brand spanking new. Except, I went out today to shoot with it, and after taking 2 exposures (with variation of aperture/shutterspeed) I went to put the dark slide back in... and it wouldn't go....
I ended up having to waste the other 4 images on the roll, and as soon as I got past the film area while winding, the dark slide went in...
So before I go mucking about, has anyone experienced this with their back, and is it just the pressure plate is too tight and if I adjust it, then I'm fine? or what else can I do? I can't seem to figure out why...
the darkslide can be finicky on these. Usually it's a combination of it not being put straight in, or also bending it while inserting. Usually takes a few tries if it's being balky but never had it unable to insert at all. that seems strange.
I own a Cambo 6x12. Had it for at least 8 years. Never had a problem with it and it always worked flawlessly. The ability to swap from 4x5 to 6x12 by merely sliding in the appropriate holder is a great boon to my landscape photography. I also drew the 6x12 guide lines on the GG so it's great to see right away what framing may prove best in various shooting scenarios. It is a touch heavy for my wooden monorail camera so I support the rear standard with an empty prescription bottle.
Anyway it is really strange, I haven't been able to figure out where I can adjust things and afraid to mess it up I don't really want to damage it further, I really don't mind using sheets for most things, but I would like the option of using PanF+ as well as Velvia50 since neither of those come in sheet form. Also possibly Rollei IR 400 however the instructions to say that it is not okay to load IR film into this back, is a little warning about it, however I think it's honestly doing the dark and then simply close it should be fine?
All this would be awesome if the Darkside would actually go back in... Lol
Okay so for anyone who actually comes across this problem, I done some fiddling, it seems that as long as I can put it in at the right bent angle it goes in, but otherwise it must hit something inside, I hear a very distinct "tink" noise that the dark slide is hitting, The Darkside is one of those plastic like dark slides, not the metal ones, not sure what the differences, I have two different backs a 6 x 7 and then the 6 x 12 now, and the designs insider different, the 6 x 7 has a backing plate that is connected to the actual device, the 6 x 12 has a backing plate that actually lifts out of the device, I also noticed that the 6 x 12 has an additional metal silver roller, the first time I put the film over the roller, this time I put it under the roller, and this seems to have made it a little easier to get in however the issue still exists slightly, and I just have to be careful about how I push the dark slide in, the other factors not do this at all no matter which Darkside I use etc.
At least it's usable and I don't have to return it, just wish it function properly from the beginning.
Oh no ... it's you again, Stone. Oh well ... let's just say that the Horseman holders have an especially good reputation and are relatively common. I sometimes travel with a couple of 6x9 ones. It's really easy to use sheet film, and there are significant advantages to it. But if you're addicted to Pan F, I can understand that; it's fairly unique.
Here are Cambo's instructions.
specifically, in n0. 3 "bring it back over the roller"
I wonder if you will be scratching the emulsion, bringing it under the roller.