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    a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    I just picked up a 9A and stand this weekend - overall - its in great shape with a really nice lens

    It came with the sliding (split?) back and an 8x10 and a 5x7 reducing back -

    and I have a couple questions about the sliding back, some previous owner stuck a couple wood screws in the top of the frame to keep it from moving too far.

    it looks to me that there is a piece broken off the brass part in the middle - (picture below) it seems to be missing a section that would mate up with the various slots in the back to position it.

    can anyone share a clear picture of the part (assuming I am right) with a length- or does anyone have a spare of the part off a broken back?

    also there are two swivel latches (also pictured) in the middle top and bottom - what are they for? I can only guess some kind of divider when taking two images on one sheet.again - any image and measurements?
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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    Could you post a picture of the whole back? I have a sliding 1/2 plate back that takes century 5x7 cassettes. I think it is similar. The swivel latches are for masks that could be for partial exposures. The best source I have found is a Tom Lazarus from Akron. He posts here occasionally and is on FB. He can advise you on just about all things Century Studio Camera.

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    i will get a picture tomorrow -

    but I did find this close up of the brass catch on an eBay listing for a 9A -

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    so now I know what that should look like - as I expected mine is broken, missing the curved part - no to extrapolate the length and make a replacement

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    I am sorry I can’t help you. Mine is a different sliding back. I would check with Tom L. He is certain to have some advice.

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    I don't have a Century, but I may have a sliding back for one which was made to make many tiny pics by sliding a couple combinations on 5X7 film

    I had my hands on it last month

    It may take awhile to find

    I know the curved hook is very common on sliders I use, even into the 1950's on B&J backs
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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    here is a picture of the sliding back on my 9A - you can see the square rabbit for the insert - and the small brass swivel latch top and bottom

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    its the right size and has a half circle cut out for the swivel - not sure how those "wings" fit into a back

    the only Lazarus I see in the member list hasn't posted in a while

    I got a 8x10 and a 5x7 reducing back with the camera, so the need to do two on a single sheet is limited
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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    The term for the masks is “splitter”.

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    thanks - perfect - much better picture than the ebay one - so the curved piece is for a finger and there is a pin to mate in the slot- very easy to copy

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    Re: a question for the folks with Century studio cameras

    Maybe you want to make many 35mm negs on 5X7 film on a Century

    I bought this for peanuts some years ago, just to see it

    My crime is I HAD a Century camera before, but no back, so I sold it.

    It slides both X/Y to cover the film, year books?

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