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    Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    hello!
    Does anyone know if there is an option or a modification to be able to use a rotating back on the Pacemaker?
    I found on the Internet that someone attached the Cambo Rotating back to it...
    but do u have to mod the back standard in this case? or can u use the Cambo Rotating back just as an attachment after removing the Pacemakers graflock?

    and are there any alt. to the Cambo Rotating back?

    thanks!

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    I've read that wasn't uncommon to fit a 3.25x4.25 back to a 4x5 camera which would allow it to be reversed.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    A rotating back would not make sense on a Pacemaker because the portrait position would just produce a square negative. You can turn the camera on its side and then you will not need a rotating back.
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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    when turning it aside im always afraid the heavy lenses will somehow drop. but what u say makes sense.
    thanks.

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    Both of my Speeds have tripod sockets on the bottom and on one of the short sides.

    As such, I don't think that Graflex had your fears of lenses dropping off!!
    Lachlan.

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    If it's going to fall off one way, it's going to fall off the other--there's no difference as far as anything on the camera is concerned. Mine's sitting four feet away from me right now with a huge shutter-mounted tele-Raptar on it. . . . mounted on a tripod by the side hole. I'm not scared.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    A rotating back would not make sense on a Pacemaker because the portrait position would just produce a square negative. You can turn the camera on its side and then you will not need a rotating back.
    Agreed!

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    There is always the SuperGraphic...

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    There is always the SuperGraphic...
    Funny thing about the Super. I almost always shoot mine hand-held. If I need a vertical shot, I rotate the camera, not the back...

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    Re: Rotating back on the Pacemaker

    While true that the pacemaker speed with the focal plane shutter would prevent a portrait orientation back from making sense, it would probably be a viable option to have a rotating back on a pacemaker crown graphic. It would really just be a matter of unbolting the stock back and bolting on a cambo or other rotating back. (I have a spare cambo rotating back if someone is in the market for one).

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