I am strongly considering buying this RFH. The reason I am considering a RFH th is expensive, it's the only one which measures 120mm, while the others are in th e 112 - 113 mm range. The full 120mm is mandatory for what I am doing. A user of this back wrote me and gave me some insight on this back which raised some q uestions. Since I can not get my hands on this back and can not find a good set of pictures, I am being cautious. I plan to use it in the field doing nature photoraphy.
This is a special order item, hence no returns. B&H price about $3,000. If anyone has first hand experience, I sure would appreciate input.
1. I hear the 220 insert is very cumbersome to use when loading and unloading f ilm?
2. The back is not hinged and I was told it was cumbersome removing and re inst alling it. Is there a reason it would not be hinged? The comment from a user w as, 3 hands would be helpful.
3. Is the back very heavy? Anyone have the weight of this back?
4. A user advised me the chance of film buckle is pretty good as the film must go around roller prior to being exposed. Bob S informed me this roller is large to reduce the film bend, but I am still wondering after several hours of non us e if this buckle is strong enough to be noticeable in the image. For this type of price tag, I wish it had a straight path such as the Sinar.
5. I was told this is an old design, anyone know how long this model has been a round?
6. If the age of this design is a bit older, could there poosibly be any proble ms with gg / film alignment with newer 4x5 cameras? I plan to use it on a Toyo V X125. I am not sure how long all camera makers have adhered to the same interna tional standard?
7. I assume there is a counter on the back and the ratchet stops when the film is would to the next exposure? It's not the type you look through a window to d etermine when to stop cranking it?
Thank you very much.... Bill G