GRAFMATIC FILM HOLDER

These are very light and thin; they have edges curled over on 3 sides. Michael Costolo 10 years ago. OldUncleMe 10 years ago. This operation can also be done after the other septums have all been exposed, but in any event the Grafmatic holder must be in the camera when the septums are being shifted. When loading septums into the film compartment, use the thumb and finger holding them to act as a channel guiding the septums down into place. You load the septums by sliding the film into them on the 4th side. There were two types of 4×5 Grafmatic, one for the Graflok back and the other for the older Graflex back.

There are two main physical differences between the two types. I remove the groundglass to save weight and body size, and just go to town. To exercise use at least one sheet film. The “Graflex” back has a single groove on the face near the handle, while the “Graphic” type has two ridges. You insert the film holder like normal, then pull out the darkslide. The red dot at the right side of the holder will be uncovered indicating that a film is in position ready for exposure. If the holder is laid on a flat bench, no difficulty will be encountered. OldUncleMe 10 years ago.

And now how to operate the Grafmatic. Later versions had an additional “lock up” feature that locked the body solidly after the sixth sheet of film had been used.

The other sort of Grafmatic is called the “Graflex” type which is very confusing as this is also the name of the company that produced them and is thus printed on the back of both types.

I had to go google it to figure out what you all were fjlm about. OldUncleMe 10 years ago. The counters are often screwed up and non-working. It’s quite useful when I’m shooting with my cambo wide, which is hand holdable pancake type 4×5 camera.

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4×5 Grafmatic Film Holder Graflex 1268 Graphic

Besides indicating the exposure number, it has an indicator to tell holdee whether the film is in the exposed position or covered by the dark slide. Once you get used to loading it’s pretty easy: But please make sure one the shutters of your camera is open! It would draw the film compartment out of the holder and fog the negatives inside.

The knurled slide lock wheel on the end of the holder has three positions. The slightly wider “Graflex” type is on the left and the “Graphic” type on the right. Pretty neat, I have to say.

I thought about getting one for the convenience of shooting 6 negs so I don’t have to bring a whole bunch of film holders. The “Graflex” version is a lot rarer, but as they aren’t really interchangeable it is best to try and identify before you buy. Photo 2 First check to see that the exposure counter dial at the back is.

The red dot is visible which means that the camera is ready to shoot. Reason is that the clamping pressure of the Graflok is not always sufficient to hold the Grafmatic Holder firmly against the camera back. After exposure the first film sheet must be moved out of the way. Before putting the septums back into the compartment, be sure that the sliding plate, by the felt strip, has been pushed back out of the way, into the end of the film compartment Photo 9.

Being able to get shots off every five seconds comes in handy every so often. Hold the loaded septums by the edges and with the notched end opposite the slide handle, place them down into the compartment with the edges of the fingers on the septum rails Photo The “Graflex” back has a single groove on the face near the handle, while the “Graphic” type has two ridges.

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In both versions when the counter moves past 6 you get to X, indicating that you have used all of the sheets of film. We are going to exercise without camera or film.

I remove the groundglass to save weight and body size, and just go grsfmatic town. There are two main physical differences between the two types. To release the slide for recycling or loading, turn the dial to Number I. I find it eaiser though to just put every exposed sheet into a seperate box, and the unexposed sheets back into the original box after a shoot.

Grafmatic Sheet Film Holder loading and unloading

When loading the septums, keep the film notch over the notch at the open edge of the septum Photo 8. Here is a closer view of the light traps, the “Graflex” is below and the “Graphic” is above.

Put it on a safe place and mount the Grafmatic Holder. So the newer version are to be preferred. If continuing taking photos, the dark-slide should be drawn and pushed back again, which would bring negative number 2 in position.

Chasing Obscurity 10 years ago. You insert the film holder like normal, then pull out the bolder.

Instructions

For quite a while a Speed Graphic could be ordered with either a Graflok or Graflex back so naturally there was a Grafmatic version available for either. Both types have a groove running the full length of both sides. Does anyone use the Grafmatic?