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premo 4x5 film pack adapters

Josh Schutz , Jun 22, 2007; 12:38 a.m.

i have a late 1890's 4x5 premo camera. i ordered some '4x5 film pack adapters' off of KEH.com last week. they fit nicely on the back of the camera, but i can't find a way to have them stay on the back. these film packs seem a little thicker than i presumed. are they for polaroid. or was there some kind of other film packs they used.


Dan Fromm , Jun 22, 2007; 06:16 a.m.

Try them on a Graflok back. And, by the way, pack film hasn't been made for decades.

John Shriver , Jun 22, 2007; 07:37 a.m.

At least my Pony Premo No. 4 will take the absolutely standard current 4x5 sheet film holders. Only trick is that you have to do some shimming of the ground glass, so it has the same register (offset distance) as modern film holders. The camera predates standardization of film holders.

The correct Premo Film Pack Adapters would be Cherry colored wood, and would slide in behind the ground glass. But, as noted by Dan, they're useless, unless you buy 40 year old film packs on eBay.

Lauren MacIntosh , Jun 22, 2007; 10:32 a.m.

I have a Pony Premo # 6 and have no problems with wooden or regular holders. Don and John both have given you proper advise:

Ray Clark , Sep 29, 2007; 10:33 a.m.

I have a premo no. 9 with two film packs as described. I was planning to send mine off for complete restoration but it was water damaged in a house fire. One pack still has 6-9 and 12 film tabs; the other is empty. I have kept them for display and thought I would send them off to a photo museum that was interested. The no.9 is younger than yours. It dates with pending patents from 1896 to Sept 3,1903 and labeled "Eastman Kodak, Co succesors to Rochestor Optcal Co." and hand stamped "25". So I would like to determine if mine has value in terms of the history of Kodak. Does anyone know a friendly curator that would know the specifics of this wonderful age of photography. Mine is mostly leatheret damage, bellows were removed before the fire. And Josh I would be glad to offer spec sizes if that would help your search. They are labeled "Premo Film Pack Adapter" and "For Premo Cameras". 4 and 3/4" wide, 6 and 5/8" long and 3/4" thick. They are a beautiful piece of woodwork that display the quality of hand craftmanship.


Premo No. 9 with film pack adapter and lens kit

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