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    Is that a Hassleblad? Brian Vuillemenot's Avatar
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    Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    I've been using Quickloads solely for my 4X5 photography for almost a decade, and now that it looks like they are going the way of the dinosaurs I'm trying to figure out what to do. A number of options come to mind:

    1) Do nothing, as Fuji will surely bring back Quickloads once everyone stocks up

    2) Buy as many remaining boxes of Quickloads as I can afford/store, and re-asses the situation in 5-10 years when they run out

    3) Switch to conventional film holders, and hope 4X5 color transparency film will be made for the next few decades

    4) Ditch film altogether, and just stitch together lots of digital SLR shots to get high-res files for printing

    This isn't meant to be yet another "When will film die?" type of thread, but I'm curious to know what the others who shoot a lot of Quickloads are planning on doing once they're gone. Thanks!
    Brian Vuillemenot

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    おせわに なります! Andrew O'Neill's Avatar
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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    Stock up. Buy a few conventional holders too. Just don't go to option #4 because Fuji will just give up anyway if you do.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    man up, load some holders. Ain't that hard.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    Quick whats?

    Never seen one. Won't miss them.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    2. 3. 4.

    But more 3 and 4.

    I just got yelled at today for mentioning that I was still working with film and paper.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    I’m hoping for [1], doing [2], planning for [3], and wincing at [4].

    If it comes to [4] or nothing, I might take-up drawing.

    And write more protest songs.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    As someone who was using TMAX 100 in Readyloads nearly exclusively, I had to go through this already. This has been my operating plan so far:

    1.) Stock up on about 10 boxes of Readyloads.

    2.) Get out the film holders, and practice cleaning them out.

    3.) Since I'm using film holders rather than be limited to the B&W film available in Readyloads (only TMAX 100), gain back 2 stops in film speed and begin to understand TMAX 400.

    4.) Enjoy saving a couple bucks per sheet using film in holders versus Readyloads. Also, enjoy using film holders again -- having that "sail" from the Readyload out in the wind wasn't cool, and now have a handy sun shade with every exposure!

    John Clark
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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    I have been using QL's for some time, so...

    Hoping for #1. Doing #'s 2 and 3, hopefully never have to face #4.

    I'm saving my QL's for those times when weight and bulk of standard holders won't fill the bill. Using standard holders again is actually pretty nice, and it wasn't difficult to get back in the groove with them.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Shymanski View Post
    I just got yelled at today for mentioning that I was still working with film and paper.
    I'm not working "still with film", I'm either working "again with film" or simply "working with film". No need to get a psychological fit on these things.

    As for the original poster: I have never seen QuickLoads in real life. I can imagine that they are useful for traveling. Other than that, loading 4x5 is soooo easy.

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    Re: Adjusting to a World Without Quickloads

    I did 2. with readyloads and Quickloads but my freezer ist now filled up!
    3+4 gets also in use!

    Cheers Armin

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