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    How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    I have 6 holders....but really do not want to carry more as more weight to carry.

    So I am thinking of bringing films so I could load more if needed.

    Anyone doing the same ? Advices ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    Try to work in orders of 5 since film comes in quantities of 10.... it is nice to load an entire box.

    It is really based on your style/attitude. For a lot of landscapes I will just make one exposure, portraits usually 2-6 per set-up, more if I think I've goofed up or if it is a commercial subject that needs to be covered.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    As many as will fit. Tons and lots of film (different varieties).

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    For 4x5" if I'm traveling, I usually take four Grafmatics (6-sheets each) for a longer trip, and if it's a long enough trip to merit it, I'll bring additional film to load and boxes to unload, or if I need to be more compact, I have a box with a set of dividers with tabs that I can feel in the dark that I can use to organize film by development time for when I come home. For a short trip, I may take two Kinematic holders, 10 sheets each.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    FWIW I finally tried some of the Toyo film holders after 29 years of using everything else. If you can find and afford them, they are the best.

    I use four Grafmatics on the road too but I think I am going back to conventional holders, I find they slow me down to a better pace - with the Grafmatics it is easy to overshoot.

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    If you are driving, load and bring what you have. I try to keep 20 loaded holders in the car. For a serious trip I will load 40.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    I usually take Three Grafmatics, but learned from a recent post that ordnary double film holders, such as Riteway or Fidelity, actually weigh less for the same number of sheets of film.
    Why the hell does film come in 25 sheet boxes?
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    For just the day, I'll carry 5 to 7 8x10 holders -- that is what will fit in the pack with the camera and two or three lenses. I usually come home/end-the-day with some unexposed film, but not always. On the road I take all my holders loaded up -- up to 20 holders.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    I've got a case/bag that holds 10 8x10 holders and so that's what I bring. I tend to keep them all loaded and stored in the case while I'm at home so I can "grab and go" if need be.

    For 4x5, I dunno, 20-30 holders depending on destination and intended time spent in the field. I shoot a lot of expired Polaroid sheet film, so one box of 20 and a 545 film holder and I'm good.

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    Re: How many holders and film do you bring when shooting away from home ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    FWIW I finally tried some of the Toyo film holders after 29 years of using everything else. If you can find and afford them, they are the best.
    Thanks for the heads up, I was wondering about those.

    I'm heading to Acadia at the end of the week so this post is of interesting...as I was wondering how many to load up and ended up stocking up & will probably bring 12 holders of HP5 (one box worth) & 5 with the new Portra 160.

    Serge

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