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    No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    This may be old news to some....but I've just discovered there is no Fuji Quickload 4x5 Acros Neopan B&W film available anymore (or so it seems). And no Kodak Readyloads in B&W either (though I've preferred Quickloads for many years).

    I'll admit that I've gotten used to the convenience of the Fuji Quickloads and was more than happy to pay extra $$ for the convenience they offered....since I don't have a darkroom and never enjoyed loading film into the standard film holders.

    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but it's still a sad day.....I guess it's just another marker in the long, slow decline of film useage.

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Hello Gary

    I just had a look to ROBERT WHITE's homepage .
    http://www.robertwhite.co.uk

    It reads: ACROS 100 20sht to order from Japan , delivery time 4 weeks .
    That of course does not mean , that the ACROS quickload is still produced .

    Regards Jürgen

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Thanks Jurgen. I guess I'd better order some now and put it in the freezer. No longer possible to phone in an order to B&H and have it here by the end of the week.

    I might have to start practicing loading film holders again, just in case.

    Gary

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Gary

    Who likes loading sheetfilm ? ? ? I don't like it either .
    What I do , when I have not loaded sheetfilm for a longer time , I just take an old sheet of film and practice in daylight . Then , when that works fine again , I close my eyes and try again .
    Then it is time to use the film changing tent . I do close my eyes as well , because I can't see anything anyway .

    But still I don't like loading sheetfilm .

    Jürgen

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Sad news -- I also really liked Acros in quickload...it is my favorite film. I guess I will stick with the regular holders, a grafmatic and a fuji quickchange which I managed to get a few months ago....I still need to unload the film from that one. I was waiting because I am the only person in this country who will process E6 in 4x5, and I still need to learn how to do it consistently!
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Stuart

    Your contribution turns out a bit of sadness to me .
    Of course it has got nothing to do with you , but it shows me again , that
    there are only very few KODAK Q-labs left here in Germany .
    STUDIO13 is one of the oldest and best KODAK Q-labs here in south Germany and I know , they are fighting against digital .
    Does that mean you have to process C41 and E6 yourself in the future ? ? ?

    Jürgen

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Quick/Ready/load was the only reason to shoot 4x5 IMO, bummer. Now that you've got to load your own holders again, IF I were getting back into LF, I would look to a custom 5x8 cam. You cut your own from 8x10 sheets and get a regular 5x7 back and use precut 5x7...

    Bummer.
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Quick/Ready/load was the only reason to shoot 4x5 IMO, bummer. Now that you've got to load your own holders again, IF I were getting back into LF, I would look to a custom 5x8 cam. You cut your own from 8x10 sheets and get a regular 5x7 back and use precut 5x7...

    Bummer.
    Jack

    Why doing the hard job and cutting the film yourself .
    The Fuji ACROS 100 is available as sheetfilm in 4x5 .

    Jürgen

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Hi Jürgen,

    There is really only one place in Iceland who will do 4x5 film, and they do it only on a special order basis. They just use a Jobo and don't really do it on any regular basis, so I don't think they really count. I am actually now opening a custom printing and processing lab here (digital and film), so when I say that I will be processing E6, it will also be a service I offer to other photographers. There are one or two other labs that do E6, but they only do up to 120/220...to be fairly frank, they don't do the greatest job with it either. Film comes back very dirty. So I will do it myself with my CPP-2 and Expert Drum. I will not start offering it to others until I really have it down perfectly.

    I don't really think that quickloads were THAT much easier...probably because I developed my own film anyway. They are great if you just want to process at a lab, but if you are going to do your own processing then it only really saves you the loading (which is indeed a bit of a pain, as well as the potential issues with dust and fingerprints).
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    I prefer quickloads simply because of the wieght and volume for transporting gear via backpack. Anything that is lighter and and takes up less space when hiking to a photo spot is a good thing in my book.

    FYI.. I am new to this forum, but have been shooting large format since 92. This is my first post but I have been reading the forums here for a couple years now. So hello to all as well.

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
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    Why doing the hard job and cutting the film yourself .
    The Fuji ACROS 100 is available as sheetfilm in 4x5 .

    Jürgen
    For *5x8* you need to cut 8x10 sheets in half. (You need to go back and read my entire post )
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Thank's Jack .
    That of course is correct . Jürgen .

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Quick/Ready/load was the only reason to shoot 4x5 IMO, bummer. Now that you've got to load your own holders again, IF I were getting back into LF, I would look to a custom 5x8 cam. You cut your own from 8x10 sheets and get a regular 5x7 back and use precut 5x7...

    Bummer.
    I was sadden when Polaroid 55 was no longer available. I decided that I would continue shooting 4x5" for black & white and my film of choice is Acros, leaving the color to digital. Now this is heartbreaking!

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Got some even more bad news....apparently ALL quickloads will be discontinued in April, so stock up now


    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Fu...ad-films-12736

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Folks, is it really that much trouble to load 4x5 holders? Granted the Quickloads are convenient but for the extra expense and needless waste of packaging, I will stick with holders.

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    I have a Fuji QuickChange holder and three cartridges, each cartridge takes 8 sheets so I can bring 24 sheets in the field.
    Monochrome: http://mochro.com

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    I hadn't heard of the Fuji QuickChange film holder before. Can't find them new at B&H or other sites.....do you know if these are still available?

    Gary

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    I hadn't heard of the Fuji QuickChange film holder before. Can't find them new at B&H or other sites.....do you know if these are still available?
    Oh, they're gone a long time ago. I got the last three cartridges from Robert White in 2003.
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Seems like all of the possible improvements to the basic 2 sheet film holder are going, going, gone......

    Gary

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    Yes, I have a quickchange that I found last summer, but no one in iceland processes e6 in 4x5, so I have not started to use it yet. Once we get some light I will start processing E6 and then I can start using the quickchange. Right now I am just using a grafmatic and regular holders.

    But I will miss quickloads -- the biggest advantage they had for me was the lack of dust and the time saved in loading tons of holders. I generally bought them short dated to save on the money. I agree the packaging was over the top, but there really the best option in certain situations. I wish I had been shooting when the quickchange system was being used...that was a much better solution overall.
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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    12-shot graflex bag mags, that's where it was at, bring back those suckers!

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    Re: No more Quickload/Readyload B&W sheet film?

    I agree about the dust and time saved advantage of Quickloads.....that was the biggest attraction for me also. I no longer have a darkroom which makes it alot less convenient to deal with loading and unloading film holders etc.

    I think I'll stock up on Fuji Quickload color film (wish I had done the same with Neopan!!), enough to get me thru the next couple years anyways.

    Beyond that, I may well rethink keeping my 4x5 gear. Didn't think I would ever even consider getting rid of it, but there you have it.

    As many of you know, I'm a photo gear pack rat and I hate to part with any of it, but I really have been spoiled by the convenience of Quickloads.

    Gary

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