</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (George @ Nov 21 2002, 07:34 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Beware, the panoramic RF backs are quite addictive though, you can easily end using them more than LF cameras with film holders...</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
thank you for your comments. I do own a 6x12 Calumet Back for my 4x5 and I never took it into the field. Nevertheless, I never felt missing a panoramic shot. I do always carry a set of passepartouts (cut black/white mats 4x12cm, 6x12cm, 9x12cm, 4x5") with me. They fit onto the ground glass on demand, but are usually used as a framing aid before I even unpack the camera. For me, the 6x12 back simply does not add any functionality but weight. There is a world of panoramic frames that can be assumed on a 4x5 sheet. And you may even revise a framing decision in the darkroom afterwards. If I wouldn't use my 6x12 back occasionally for architecture (when I usually take the big box in the car), I would have sold it already.
But it's just my personal point of view.
"For me, the 6x12 simply doesn't add any functionality but weigth" (Thilo).
Sure, everyone is different in its approach, no problem with that. For me it was just the opposite - once tried, I quickly realised that I can take more pictures without the hassle of film holders and at a better price. Today I have 3 cameras made around the Calumet 6x12 RFH. Sincerely, I'm affraid I will start making the 4th one too... ;-) (Were it only of a better quality, since it needed adjustments...)