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    Plaubel PL70 sliding adapter

    Is anyone out there familiar with the Plaubel PL70 sliding adapter?

    Very little information available on the web about it. I've contacted the only UK retailer I can find with some questions ... but nothing back yet.

    In particular I was wondering:

    1. Will it accept a Hasselblad V-fit finder, such as the RMFX? I believe the earlier version (PL41?) would, not sure about this one though.

    2. Is it possible to remove and rotate the adapter plate 90 degrees for portrait format shooting?

    3. Is the ground glass nice and bright, or dark and grainy? Could it be easily replaced (e.g. with a Maxwell screen)? Is a fresnel available?

    4. What's the quality of the machining like?

    It's indexed for stitching and has a clever way of raising the gg in order to position the digital back...but that's about all I know right now. I can't even find a decent picture of one.

    Cheers,

    Angus

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    Re: Plaubel PL70 sliding adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by greygrad View Post
    Is anyone out there familiar with the Plaubel PL70 sliding adapter?

    Very little information available on the web about it. I've contacted the only UK retailer I can find with some questions ... but nothing back yet.

    In particular I was wondering:

    1. Will it accept a Hasselblad V-fit finder, such as the RMFX? I believe the earlier version (PL41?) would, not sure about this one though.

    2. Is it possible to remove and rotate the adapter plate 90 degrees for portrait format shooting?

    3. Is the ground glass nice and bright, or dark and grainy? Could it be easily replaced (e.g. with a Maxwell screen)? Is a fresnel available?

    4. What's the quality of the machining like?

    It's indexed for stitching and has a clever way of raising the gg in order to position the digital back...but that's about all I know right now. I can't even find a decent picture of one.

    Cheers,

    Angus

    Angus -

    I would be very, very cautious.

    Some years back I sold a Plaubel sliding back, along with the Plaubel 6x9 view camera, to one of my clients. The 6x9 is a fine little camera, by the way. However, we were never able to get the tolerances on the sliding mechanism to the point focus could be achieved correctly. This was after being sent back fort adjustments, swapped out, etc. I don't know that this is the exact same sliding back - it looks like it, though.

    Maybe it has improved. I would not buy it through a dealer you did not have an existing good partnership with.

    Just a heads up.

    My question would be - why wouldn't you buy a KaptureGroup slider? And for what camera, also?


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