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    8x10 to 11x14 back

    I have a 11x14 camera w/o a back (Vageeswari)

    I also have a misc. 8x10 back

    has anyone tried 'enlarging' an 8x10 back to fit an 11x14 camera back frame?

    the advantage being the GG panel to frame dimension is already set.. so one would just be splicing in wood lengths to lengthen it

    seems straight forward..but.. as in custom car fabs - anything that seems simple usually turns out not to be

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Make a frame to fit on rear of the camera. Mount the 8x10 back onto the frame. No modification to the existing 8x10 back should be needed.
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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    no.. I do not have an 11x14 back..so I want to lengthen the 8x10 back into an 11x14 size back

    I want to shoot 11x14

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Comes the dawn! A more interesting project! Finding an old 11x14 back (from a process camera?) that needed work would be an easier place to start, but good luck!
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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Comes the dawn! A more interesting project! Finding an old 11x14 back (from a process camera?) that needed work would be an easier place to start, but good luck!
    them are hard to find and expensive

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    I am not sure I understand the question, but you could make an 11X14 back. Doesn't have to be a spring back - it could just be one that has the same dimensions as a standard 11X14 back, with the slot (trap) for the ridge that is on the film holder. When I made a 4X5 pinhole camera out of thin plywood, I didn't have a back to mount to it, just constructed one out of plywood. Something like this -

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    Then you could make a GG back that you would insert for composing / focusing, and remove when you are ready to insert the holder and expose. I am playing with the idea so I can shoot larger Xray film in my 8X10 camera but 11X14 holders are so darn expensive that I haven't bothered yet.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52893762/bigger4b.jpg

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Or you could buy/make an 11x14 back for your Vageeswari!

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Instead of enlarging something, I would build a completely new back.
    Seems to be easier to me, in spite of the "problems" with the dimensions of GG and film plane.
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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    Yes, as long as you have a holder, making a back is not too difficult. Use the 8x10 as a model, and just expand to fit the 11x14 holder. Breaking up th e8x10 to scab pieces on it would be more difficult.

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    Re: 8x10 to 11x14 back

    I think what Tim says is best. if you don't have the large back, you need to make a large back. You could probably mount the 8x10 back on the 11x14 as a reducing back fairly easily though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Meisburger View Post
    Yes, as long as you have a holder, making a back is not too difficult. Use the 8x10 as a model, and just expand to fit the 11x14 holder. Breaking up th e8x10 to scab pieces on it would be more difficult.
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