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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    I'm building an 8X10 camera, and am presently putting together the ground glass back. In order to get the glass in the correct position, I need to know the corr ect film holder depth. Is there a standard film holder depth for 8X10? If so, wh at is it? Does anyone have any input on which brands of used 8X10 film holders t o buy, and which to avoid? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    I don't know the correct depth, but i can say for sure that there is an ISO standard. Used holders: on the LF page there are comments about used 4x5 holders which might apply also to 8x10 holders.

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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    I have built several large format cameras including an 8x10. I found that an ea sy way to determin the proper ground glass position is to use and actual 8x10 holder for y our camera's sring back plate and mount the the glass into the slot where the film normaly re sts. You can find some nice wooden Graflex and Kodak holders that when striped of the pai nt and stained are quite nice to look at. If you can find the Graflex holder with the large met al plate at the top held to the holder with slotted screws you will find that this is easies t to take apart and put back together again after you have taken out the center plates and mounted the ground glass. I recommend that you stay away from plastic holders.

    If you have questions, please feel free to Email me.

    Britt Leckman Northern Virginia Community College

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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    The standard film holder depth is 0.197 inches and film is assumed to be 0.007 inches thick, so the surface of the film is 0.190 inches (4.83mm) back from the face of the film holder. This is very very close to 3/16 inch (0.1875 inches) so using a 3/16" shim might be the easiest way to get the glass at the right depth.

    If you are building the back from scratch, get hold of a film holder first to get the dimensions right, especially to get the slot for the light-trap ridge correct. New 8x10 film holders are pretty expensive. Even used modern (plastic) ones are fairly pricey. Older wood ones can be cheaper but make extra sure they are in good shape, light tight, and not warped. Condition is more important than brand name.

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    Film holder depth for 8 X 10

    Ooops!!! Another question from Chris prompted me to realize that I made a dumb mistake. The 0.197" depth is for 4x5 holders, and doesn't apply to 8x10 holders. I don't know the ISO standard for those, but Chris reported a depth of 0.255" - 0.265", and when I quickly re-measured one, I got about 6.7 +/- 0.3 mm (0.26" +/- 0.01").

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