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Changing Tents

Bradley Artigue , Apr 27, 2005; 09:36 p.m.

I'll be in Alaska in June with my 4x5. Anyone using a changing tent? I have a changing bag but have tried to change 4x5 film in it and it's a disaster...too many pieces in the bag, too much fumbling around.

The tents look like a great idea but the prices are so variable I don't know what's good and what isn't. I've seen a Harrison Pup for $144, a photo flex for $70 and a red wing for $70. Frankly the Harrison looks like a better design than the others but I'd like to hear your experiences.

Quickloads are not an option - not worth the money and I didn't see any HP5 or FP4 in quickload......

Thanks in advance!


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Robbie Bedell , Apr 27, 2005; 10:26 p.m.

Bradley, I have had the small Harrison tent for more than ten years and I can say that it is great. I have loaded, emptied and reloaded, mostly 4x5 transparencies, on the job, many, many times and have never had a problem. It is light and collapses small enough to put in a normal case. There is no comparison to it and the traditional "changing bag" which, to me always had a dust problem. I highly recommend it....I hope this helps..Robbie Bedell..P.S. I don't work for the company!

Charles Monday , Apr 27, 2005; 10:36 p.m.

everyone's taste varry and I won't try to sell you mine. I have a Photoflex Changing Room. It has adequate room for standard 4x5 film holders and film, fair amount of room for a JOBO 2521 with reel and film holders, and is just long enough to fully open a grafmatic and load/unload it and starts to get cramped with a full grafmatic and the JoBo tank. It is very cramped with 2 8x10 film holders and a 25 sheet box of 8x10 film but loading/unloading is doable. It folds up flat and is easy to store, 1 1/2-2 inches thick (depending on compression), 18 inches x 23 inches folded and in its storage bag. Easy to use.


Scott -- , Apr 28, 2005; 04:34 a.m.

the best changing ten available today is the harrison, without question. well worth the money!

Scott -- , Apr 28, 2005; 04:35 a.m.

another frustrated FP4+ user!! that's the only reason i carry film holders!

Alan Davenport , Apr 28, 2005; 11:41 a.m.

Calumet also sells a "Changing Room," which I use. It differs somewhat from the Photoflex item of the same name, and seems to be selling for a bit less.

It works very well for 4x5. My chief complaint is that the placement of the armholes makes it uncomfortable to use on a full-height table; my favorite setup is to have the changing bag on a piano bench in front of where I'm sitting. In looking at the Photoflex, I think I'd have the same gripe there. I'm sure it's just me.

Bradley, fumbling around in the dark is one of the things that makes LF photography so endearing... :o)

Leonard Evens , Apr 28, 2005; 02:31 p.m.

I also have a Calumet Changing Room, which I recommend.

Jim Simmons , Apr 28, 2005; 05:31 p.m.

I have the Photoflex Changing Room. Well made, and easy to operate. While some feel it's fine for 4x5 and cramped for 8x10, I personally only use it for 4x5 and wish it were a hair larger. To each his or her own.

Ho Man Kei , Apr 28, 2005; 09:21 p.m.

hi Bradley, I have Harrison and Photoflex. try Photoflex, good cutting and large space. suit for 5x7 also. thanks

Norris Lam , Apr 29, 2005; 02:29 p.m.

As you, i have the question in mind should i go ahead for the expensive changing tent? i finally come up with a cheap idea. i buy the traditional changing bag (about USD 20) and then i buy a cheap plastic kitchen rack with simple steel folding legs eqv to USD2. When i need to change film, i will unfold the rack and put inside the changing bag and it becomes a tent! of course, there's always value for money, this cheapy method may not work nicely as the legs of the rack will prevent your hands' freely movement inside the bag. The changing bag and the plastic rack folds nicely into a small piece with light weight and i put that into my backpack.

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