They will. The first run of cameras would have to have to be modified but there is a good supply of new (old style) holders around. Cameras from here on out will be made to the new specs. The camera are being built to take S & S holders. Whats been happing and this works the best is to buy the camera and 3 film holders, the camera is then custom fitted to the holders you buy. Or if you have holders the camera and/or holders can be custom fitted to each other.
Setting a standard is a good start. I have seem holders from the same manufacture vary. Then there are the camera makers that make there own cameras and holders to their own standard.
Barry, Sandy, and Richard,
This is terrific. The standard is finally starting to set.
Originally Posted by Richard T Ritter
Perhaps we can eventually have a much easier to use system for the end users. That is something that is long overdue.
It isn't all that tough to modify a holder to match a standard back either. Someone could boost some income just doing that. As I see it, the biggest problem would be moving the riblock and if the end user could live with the old one being milled away and the new one being installed in a new groove, this also would not be too much of a headache.
This is great news from you Richard. Thanks very much.
It sounds like a good time to stock up on 7X17 holders. We are currently about to finish production of two batches of 7X17 holders to the standard Barry has mentioned, one of American cherry wood, and the other of very long aged Chinese song. And we have on hand some twenty or so 7X17 holders in American black walnut that are identical to the new standard except for the position of the rib lock.
Fit of the rib lock is absolutely essential so it is always good to seek advice before you buy from someone who understands the issues of ULF photography as they related to mating of camera and holder.
Adding whatever number of holders this size Barry is making I doubt there have been this many new 7X17 holders on the market in a long time.