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    What is to be done?

    I have a beautiful, compact Arca-Swiss with 2x3 front and 4x5 back, and three beautiful Schneider lenses (47, 75m, 150). I used this with a Sinar rollfilm back.
    Took the camera and tripod across the globe. What is to be done, now that film is impractical/too laborious and digital backs are inaccessible/absurdly expensive?

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    Re: What is to be done?

    Really not suitable for use as a planter, Maybe just try shooting with it.
    There is still some film around
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    Re: What is to be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by pupduda View Post
    I have a beautiful, compact Arca-Swiss with 2x3 front and 4x5 back, and three beautiful Schneider lenses (47, 75m, 150). I used this with a Sinar rollfilm back.
    Took the camera and tripod across the globe. What is to be done, now that film is impractical/too laborious and digital backs are inaccessible/absurdly expensive?
    Is $3-5K USD really considered as "absurdly expensive"? That's what you can pay today for a fully portable used digital back...

    People spend more than that on other, less creative hobbies...

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    Re: What is to be done?

    You are right, $-3-5K is within reason, in my opinion, too.
    Least expensive used back that I knew of was ca. >$10K, until this a.m. when I heard of possibly $7K, and now your information of $3-5K.
    Which? Where?
    Thank you!

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    Re: What is to be done?

    you will also need shorter and digital lenses, back adapter... and shorter than 45 it's really difficult to focus... a 45 focal lenght with a, aptus 22 is similar to a 110 with a 4x5... not that short !

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    Re: What is to be done?

    I appreciate your advice...and still despair.
    The Aptus 22 costs $25K.
    I have yet to see any $3-5K used fully portable digital backs.
    Many thanks.

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    Re: What is to be done?

    The Kodak 645 Pro back is usually around $3000... There are some older Phase and Hasselblad (Imacon) backs which might also reach those levels. Some of the 22MP backs are just a bit more than $5k by now.
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    Re: What is to be done?

    I sold a 16mp imacon ixpress for around 2300 USD, they are around if you wait and watch..missed a 3500 USD 22mp Multishot the other day.

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    Re: What is to be done?

    Thank you for these two very useful replies.
    I will start checking ebay regularly...and getDPI...
    leads to other forums for used fully portable digital backs would be appreciated.

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    Re: What is to be done?

    Shoot film with that wonderful rig you have. There's still some film to choose from. Film now is better than ever. I think old backs will disapoint you if you have been printing big and using a good scanner. Just my opinion.
    Eduardo

    Quote Originally Posted by pupduda View Post
    Thank you for these two very useful replies.
    I will start checking ebay regularly...and getDPI...
    leads to other forums for used fully portable digital backs would be appreciated.

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    Re: What is to be done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uaiomex View Post
    Shoot film with that wonderful rig you have. There's still some film to choose from. Film now is better than ever. I think old backs will disapoint you if you have been printing big and using a good scanner. Just my opinion.
    Eduardo
    Yep E100G and Ektar are amazing.

    Really tricky to use a 4x5 for DB, especially a monorail. you need to be able to use lenses with very short focal length.
    Monochrome: http://mochro.com

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    Re: What is to be done?

    pupduda

    If your back frame is 171x171mm , and that is what I assume , you would also need a format reduction board from 4x5 to 6x9 .
    The ARCA SWISS part number is 200002 . The reduction board was anounced , but never built .
    I think , for that camera , you should stay with film .
    The KODAK EKTAR 100 , will be available as sheetfilm 4x5 starting in April and there are still other good films around .
    6x9 and 6x12 rollfilm holders are available as well , to be used with the internationl 4x5 back .

    Jürgen

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    Re: What is to be done?

    I appreciate greatly each of these last three responses that bring experience and knowledge to my kit blessing/problem. Thank you.

    I am moving from hesitation back to film, now.

    Suggestions for USA mail-expedited, high quality, processing and scanning of
    6 x 9, 6 x 12 b/w and color roll film would be greatly appreciated.

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