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    Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Another off the wall thought.

    I wonder if SKGrimes could retro this camera to accept a digital back?

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    My expected replies are something like _"Why would you?" "Never" "A waste of money"

    But thought I'd give it a shot.

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Short answer, No.

    Long answer, I am sure someone could adapt one but would be a waste of a good bit of money.


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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Have a friend who did this - I think he took a Graflok adapter plate and had it cut down to fit to the Horseman.

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Not worth it, even assuming it could be made to happen. You'd be better off tracking down an Alpa SWA or Cambo, either of which accomplish the same thing and takes modern digital lenses. If you don't need the shift movement, an Alpa TC body is almost 'affordable' at ~$2000. You sometimes see them here or in LuLA's For Sale forum even cheaper.

    EG these:
    Alpa Swiss 12 TC APO Digitar 24mm XL F5 6 Lens Center Filter Handle EX | eBay
    Alpa TC Camera Body Alpa Grip | eBay

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Quote Originally Posted by narikin View Post
    Not worth it, even assuming it could be made to happen. You'd be better off tracking down an Alpa SWA or Cambo, either of which accomplish the same thing and takes modern digital lenses. If you don't need the shift movement, an Alpa TC body is almost 'affordable' at ~$2000. You sometimes see them here or in LuLA's For Sale forum even cheaper.
    If you're looking for affordable in this genre you'l find that after adding a lens, grip, adapter plate, and a viewfinder the cost of a Cambo RC-400 kit is $2k-$4k less than a Alpa TC kit, while offering greater flexibility (i.e. shift) for a very minor increase in size/weight. That's for a new system; hard to compare used since these systems don't come up often enough to have a good sample size, and you have to find a used kit with your desired mount and lens for best economy.
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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    "[T]he cost of a Cambo RC-400 kit is $2k-$4k less than a Alpa TC kit, ..."

    And worth it.

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    "[T]he cost of a Cambo RC-400 kit is $2k-$4k less than a Alpa TC kit, ..."

    And worth it.
    Which one? --the Alpa or the Cambo? Both?

    I think it best to outfit the camera platform that will suit your needs best---and build your kit up from there. (Alpa, Cambo, Arca). If you're going to use a MFDB, might as well make sure your main platform is a good one first.

    I still have an urge to get a graflock adapter and attach my IQ180 to an old Graflex Speed Graphic. It might be kinda fun in a sick Holga-ish lens kinda way...
    But I've already got my main camera platform so really only needing that adapter plate.

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    As always, I get the best information from this forum. Thank you all for your replies and experience. I am nearing that edge where I take the plunge into a TC and this is where I come to continue to accept those small nudges till I'm over that edge. Thanks again. Obviously you can tell how budget sensitive I am. I will now spend some more time reading up one the cameras you all have posted here.

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    I had posted a Thank you for all the good replies and info to my question but it didn't take. I am now keenly interested in the Cambo RC-400. Thanks again.

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    I'd take a look at the entire Cambo line... There are a lot of bits, pieces, and accessories to make a technical camera platform work for you and match your personal preferences.

    https://captureintegration.com/cambo/

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Quote Originally Posted by chkproductions View Post
    Another off the wall thought.

    I wonder if SKGrimes could retro this camera to accept a digital back?

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    My expected replies are something like _"Why would you?" "Never" "A waste of money"

    But thought I'd give it a shot.

    Thanks
    Anyone ever have or use the Plaubel? I always wondered whether the Mamiya Press back that design "borrowed" was removable/interchangeable.

    Ray

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    Re: Could this take a digital back - Plaubel 69W Proshift

    Arca Swiss RM2D is also a better challenger !

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