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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:54 pm 
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I got mine today. It's *really big*, like the size of a lunchbox or something. Big square box. 4x5" negative size.

12 plate holders, slightly bent, but looks like they can be bent back, and the falling mechanism works. The shutter is off-and-on (needs cleaning and maybe spring revitalization). It's kind of a weird shutter release - like a recessed plunger (which you can press to trigger the shutter) inside a threaded tube sticking out from the side of the camera. Maybe a nipple for a rubber bulb has to screw onto there, or some kind of manual shutter cable (similar to the more familiar mechanical cable releases used on Nikons and the likes). Anyway, the good news is it's not damaged (broken off as I had feared) and the button works.

Now I have to figure out how to get the shutter working reliably (will waste film / paper otherwise), set up the plate holders to take film, and maybe rig up a bulb or cable release of some kind. I think this would be an appropriate camera to shoot paper negatives in. No sense blowing through film with it.

Neat camera. I'll photograph it tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:50 am 
Walter . . . I had a hunch your's must be quite large. It must be since mine is absolutely humongous. :shock:


AVISO - MUCHAS FOTOS DE ALTA CALIDAD - AVISO

How to make a Springy Film Holding Thingy for Falling Plate Camera Plate Holders

Take two measurements of your plate holder.
A = groove to groove. Consider a loose fit.
B = Nipple to nipple on this holder, or the width of a film sheet

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Cut a square piece of black poster board to the size of dimension "A". ie; 4.25"x4.25" for the holder pictured here. Insure your piece of poster board slides into the holder smoothly
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Subtract dimension "B" from dimension "A" and divide the result by two. ie; in this case the result is .5" Make a pencil mark on each end as shown. ie; .5" from the end.
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Score between the marks firmly twice with the point of a ball point pen. Your intent is to leave a nice deep groove in the poster board.
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The grooves
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Flip the poster board over and fold up at the grooves.
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These flaps will act as springs
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Insert your new film holder thingy with the flaps folded underneath.
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In the dark, insert your film. Don't touch the emulsion side of the film, as pictured here.
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A Springy Film Holding Thingy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:54 am 
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Whoah, that's both incredibly useful and much easier than I anticipated it would be. Thanks a ton! I have to pick your brains about exposing Ilford rapid RC paper next, but I'll bug you about that in PM or something.

I did a thorough rebuild of the shutter on mine and now it's working perfectly (it was very sticky before).

I'll post some pictures later, kind of in a hurry right now.

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