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    Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Hello,

    I love to shoot the Alpa with the P25+, but sometimes I feel a little frustrated by the little 36X48mm window of the digital back.

    I would like to go for a 6x9 rollfilm back, I have two choices :

    1) The ALPA 6X9
    2) The Alpa Linhof super rollex 6X9

    Any advices or preference ?

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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Stephane,

    Advantages of Alpa 6x9 are weight and automation.

    Linhoff SR 6x9 is robust and feels like it should last forever.

    If 6x8 would do buy the Mamiya RB67 Auto 6x8 back and a
    Mamiya film back adapter for your SWA...it duplicates the Alpa 6x9
    function at 1/2 to 2/3 the price. Like new Mamiya Auto 6x8s can be found for a couple of hundred USD.

    Mamiya sources the Alpa Auto 6x9 back.

    Bob

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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Either Alpa or Linhof RF back is very expensive. I use an Alpa-Horseman adapter (about $500 USD) with Horseman 6x9 backs.

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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Thanks for your advices, I asked my dealer about the ALPA back , it costs 2650 ex VTA !!! Must be in gold !!!

    I already owned a Mammiya back adapter, maybe I should go for the mammiya 6X8 one...I have to study the exact format, as I was going for a more rectangular thing 6x9.
    Actually the 6x9 is 53x84mm.

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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Quote Originally Posted by steflaurent974 View Post
    Thanks for your advices, I asked my dealer about the ALPA back , it costs 2650 ex VTA !!! Must be in gold !!!

    I already owned a Mammiya back adapter, maybe I should go for the mammiya 6X8 one...I have to study the exact format, as I was going for a more rectangular thing 6x9.
    Actually the 6x9 is 53x84mm.

    Stephane
    Crop 6x8 to 5.333x8 or 5x7.5 is equivalent to 6x9. Good scans make this a large very workable file in spite of the crop.

    3x4 is more common with newer digital MF, 2x3 is akin to 35mm format.

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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Well, I feel a little dumb, I didn't think of the crop : thanks Bob for your brillant idea.

    Big savings in perspective, the solution might be in the Mamyia motorized 6x8 back... !
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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    From what I hear the Alpa film back is very precise and flat on the Alpa camera. I am almost considering getting this film back for my TC/XY. The Cambo wide DS will take 4x5 film back which is very nice as well but I do not recommend my method since you have to get two different sets of lens for two sets of systems. I also have the Sinar Handy camera and it takes 4x5 film back or 120/220 roll film via Sinar zoom2 back.
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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Btw, a little background for those who are not aware, the following smilie:



    matches the English expression "flogging a dead horse", or "beating a dead horse" in America, I think (apparently Americans don't flog ), which means roughly to go over and over the same already-resolved argument, especially in a manner which contradicts the existing resolution. The original context was a politician comparing trying to raise interest for a certain act in parliament to "flogging a dead horse to pull a load". Clearly the dead horse cannot pull the load, no matter how much it is flogged...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flogging_a_dead_horse

    Now that I have said this, please return to using the smilie creatively
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    Re: Back to Roll Film with the ALPA SWA -advices...

    Thank you Carsten.
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