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  1. #41

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    Aug 2004

    Re: How many film holders?

    just as predicted tin can... lots of holders for sale in the classifieds.

  2. #42

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    Jan 2004

    Re: How many film holders?

    I used to have many Fidelity, Sinar or Linhof holders.
    Although doing mostly group portraits, I never needed more than three 5x7 holders for the TMY film.
    There was never time to shoot more.
    Today, one holder is enough, as the plates would dry otherwise...

  3. #43

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    Mar 2014
    Virginia, USA

    Re: How many film holders?

    4x5 about 40
    5x7 I have a dozen
    8x10 I also have a dozen.

    When on an overnight trip I'll take 10 of the 4x5 if I'm shooting that, 10 5x7 for that format or 8 of the 8x10's. For a day trip I half all those amounts.
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  4. #44

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    Dec 2014
    Suwanee, GA

    Re: How many film holders?

    21 4x5 - I load 13 of them with FP4+ and the remainder have some Delta 100 , HP5, or Bergger 400. I carry 6 in the pack and have a case that holds another 6 if I hit a target rich area.
    3 5x12
    1 8x10 to go with the plywood 8x10 pinhole camera I purchased some years back.
    Adventure is worthwhile in itself. ... Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done. -- Amelia Earhart

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    Dec 2011

    Re: How many film holders?

    I lied

    2 more holders incoming

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    Bertha DeCool Bertha DeCool's Avatar
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    Cape Cod, MA, US

    Re: How many film holders?

    From 4x5 to now 5x7, I've just always used 5 film holders. No particular reason.
    I travel/camp with a changing bag and empty boxes labelled -1, N, +1, +2. Usually keep unexposed film bagged in a cooler; I only shoot b&w (5x7) so I'm not so worried about refrigeration, has never been an issue.
    When I've ever needed to tape a hotel bathroom door, I put the tape down on a blanket or carpet first to get it less sticky. Gaffer tape will take the paint right off a door frame.

  7. #47

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    Re: How many film holders?

    I only have 3 as I'm new to large format, I want to get a few more at least.

  8. #48

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    May 2007
    New York City & Pontremoli, Italy

    Re: How many film holders?

    4x5 - 20 holders
    5x7 - 20 holders
    8x10 - 5 holders

    Edit - forgot that I have about 10 MIDOs that I haves used very little.

    I had more but have been selling to consolidate all the holders in one drawer; on a good outing, I will use no more than 10-12 holders in the 4x5 and 5x7 formats. I rarely use more than 3-4 8x10 holders in one day. I usually unload the same day I used them, clean and reload.

    QUESTION: is the Toyo the only company left making holders? Out of curiosity, a search turned up only the Toyo holders.
    Last edited by Renato Tonelli; 17-Mar-2021 at 17:45. Reason: forgot the MIDOs

  9. #49

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    Mar 2012

    Re: How many film holders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato Tonelli View Post
    QUESTION: is the Toyo the only company left making holders? Out of curiosity, a search turned up only the Toyo holders.

    It appears to be so apart from Chamonix & possibly one other Chinese company.

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    Martin Aislabie's Avatar
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    Oct 2008
    Stratford-upon-Avon, England

    Re: How many film holders?

    I only shoot one film in one size - HP5 in 5x4.

    I average out at about 8 film holders per day - it has been as low as 3 in a whole day and as high as 20.

    However, I carry 60 with me on a photographic trip and carry a Harrison Changing Tent plus spare film but have never had to use them - so far.

    My camera bag will hold 12 at a time and I use Lock n Lock food containers to keep then in (clean and dry).

    In each box of 12 I carry a pencil to write any special notes about SBR or similar.

    The boxes are numbered - so I know what order they were shot - which can help when you come develop them.

    Hope this helps


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