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    Lightbulb advice for film holders

    Hello, I'm trying to get some insight on 5x7 film holders. I have a seroco circa 1901 and am not sure if all wooden film backs will fit. I would hate to spend a lot of money to buy them and not be able to return them. Also I'm trying to get ideas on where to find a tripod for it. Do I have to stick to a wood one or can I get a modern one. Again it's an old camera. Just trying to figure out my options. I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thank you

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    Dec 2012

    Re: advice for film holders

    The standardization came later. You are right to take care about old cameras and holders.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

    Re: advice for film holders

    If you live close to another 5x7 shooter with standard holders they may let you try one. They may just work.

    I have a plate holder that although it doesn't fit properly it appears to still form a light tight seal, and I would probably only lose an edge if I used it.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: advice for film holders

    As far as tripods go, if it is rock solid, the thread fits and it can support the weight of your camera it should work. It might look mismatched, but it should work and your photographs will neither know nor care how it matches up.
    "I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for men if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority"---EB White

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    Tim Meisburger's Avatar
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    Apr 2008
    Falls Church, Va.

    Re: advice for film holders

    Is it a spring back? If so, take off the springs (i.e. unscrew the screws that hold the springs to the back frame) and lift off the ground glass frame and set it aside. Lay a ruler across the back and take a picture and post it here. I will be able to use the photo to measure the back and can then tell you if a modern firm holder will work. But I am on a trip and would not be able to measure my holders till I get back Jan. 4, but I am sure someone else here would do that for you.

    Best, Tim

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    IanG's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Aegean (Turkey & UK)

    Re: advice for film holders

    It should take a standard plate/film holders, most Seroco's do, the cameras were made specifically for Sears and Roebuck by leading manufacturers/workshops.


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