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Mamiya Press Super 23 and the 6x9 Format

A. Robert , Jan 13, 2009; 05:43 p.m.

Hey all. I just got a good deal on a Mamiya Press Super 23 kit with 3 lenses, 3 backs, ground glass, a bunch of other stuff and most important to this posting, 3 Type A Cut Film/Plate Holders. I'm very well versed in the world of medium format and have used plenty of 645, 6x6, and 6x7 in my day, but 6x9 is new to me. For this particular camera, from what I understand, there are 6x9 backs that use strip film in addition to what was included in mine (listed above). Without ever seeing one, I can imagine that it would be just like shooting 6x7, correct me if I'm wrong. But the reason for this post is this: the 6x9 holders that I have are for individual negatives to be shot one at a time like 4x5. I focus it with the ground glass, lock it, and place in the film holder then in the camera. Got it. But how or where do I get the film from? Do I get a roll of 120 and somehow cut it to size in a darkroom?? Does it come already pre-cut to size like 4x5 sheet film does? I'm sorry if this seems like an easy question but I've never had to deal with this before. A little guiding in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. - Adam


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D.O. Hennig , Jan 13, 2009; 06:03 p.m.

There is an ADOX CHS 100 9x12cm 50 sheet film on the market that you have to cut in the middle to get a 6x9cm sheet. It is not that expensive and brings you on 23¢/shot.

Greg Thomas , Jan 13, 2009; 06:59 p.m.

You didn't get any 6x9 backs with the camera? I have 2 6x7s and a 6x9 so I haven't bothered using the cut film holders. I recommend just buying a 6x9 roll film back.

Craig Supplee , Jan 13, 2009; 07:04 p.m.

Don't know how easy it would be to get, but the Adox site lists 6x9 film size along with a whole slew of other sheet films.

Bruce Muir , Jan 13, 2009; 08:04 p.m.

Yes, if you want to shoot 6x9 I agree with Greg here, they have roll film backs with 6x9 film gate.

Jack Welsh , Jan 13, 2009; 09:30 p.m.

I've bought 6x9 sheet film from B&Hphotovideo. Also, Freestyle has it, too.
Adam, I have the Universal with 2 lenses, 3 backs. One 6x9, the Polaroid back, and the Model P focusing hood. Welcome to the Mamiya Press community! Have one sheet film holder. But, not the groundglass back for it.

A. Robert , Jan 14, 2009; 01:19 a.m.

Well that all sounds great. I will check out Adox film and also look into a 6x9 roll back. 6x9 interests me a lot, but I really would like to take advantage of the tilting back (didn't even know it had one till I got it home!) and I think I can only do that with the ground glass and individual cut film. I just looked on Freestyle and it looked as though all they had was Fotokemika Efke in iso 25 & 100. Anyone had any experience with it? Any precut color film around to anyones knowledge? Preferably transparency... I checked B&H for 6x9 and it looked as though they no longer sold it. Thanks everyone for the help!

Greg Thomas , Jan 14, 2009; 01:22 a.m.

As long as you don't change your focus or move your back, you can just replace your ground glass holder with the 6x9 rollfilm back.

A. Robert , Jan 14, 2009; 01:40 a.m.

Hadn't really thought of that... I guess that would work. I would be on a tripod so that sounds like the way to go.

Michael Hendrickson , Jan 14, 2009; 06:45 a.m.

Didn't you say in your post that the camera comes with three backs? What kind of backs are they? One assumes on reading it that you mean roll film backs.

Maybe I'm just dense....

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