How often do you use multiple film backs?

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    I only shoot B&W in my 120 cameras and have no need to change films mid-roll. For my RB67 I have a 6x7 and 6x6 back and use whichever one is most appropriate for my subject, reloading at the end of each roll. With my Bronica 6x6 and Mamiya 645 Pro I only have one back for each camera but multiple film inserts, which are faster to change than backs. That way I can shoot several rolls of film before I have to reload.
     
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    My Mamiya Press kit has at least 3 backs plus one on the camera
     
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    Since I can't get 220 anymore I always carry two A12 backs and an A16 for 645 on occasion. I'm still hanging on to my A24 in hopes that 220 will make a comeback, but I'm not holding my breath.
     
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    Aside from the ability to switch film types or zone exposures during a given outing, multiple backs are handy if the camera happens to have B&W in it but you'd like do some color or vice-versa. You can just pull the loaded back off the camera, put it away for another time and load up with what fits your ad hoc desire.

    For most casual users, it's not an essential feature, but it is a "nice to have".
     
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    I still have a fair amount of frozen 220 Plus-X around, so for my Bronicas a 220 back has that uploaded, plus 120 backs with either TX/TMY and/or Ektar.

    I love using 220, I too wish it would make some kind of comeback in B&W.
     
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    For my Bronica's (model 'S' and 'EC-TL') I have several backs and there are typically high/low iso or b&w/color, and I switch quite regularly in that case.
    Often I bring an extra empty mag and a different film if I think I might want it.
     
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    ^ "JonPorter " , how is it that you find changing inserts on your Bronica easier than changing preloaded backs ? Peter
     
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    I usually use 3 A12 backs all loaded with HP-5. 1 back for N, one for N-1, and one for N+1. I do use an A24 with 220 B&W. Now that I have some fresh 70mm Double perf B&W film I'll be using my two A70 backs again.
     
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    I keep trying to persuade myself to stick with one film, then get tempted to try other things. In my RB kit I have backs loaded with HP5+, Delta 3200, Portra 160 and Velvia.
     
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    I have multiple film backs that I use, but I use them one photograph at a time.
     
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    Shooting multiple backs with different B&W films is a great way to quickly see the subtle differences between them. Usually I will take out three backs or so with similar speeds. Not always, but a fair amount of the time.

    Last time out, it was Ilford FP4+, Foma Retropan Soft 320, and J lane 6.5x9cm dry plates. Shooting these three I think of as a form of "bracketing"

    Actually I got this idea long ago looking at the work of Hans Neleman. He would do elaborate 8x10 still lifes, and then shoot them with three or four types of color film. Then he would have a choice of rendition after the fact.
     
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    ^ That's a habit that could get kinda pricey today :smile: , Peter
     
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    Probably not much different than before. Shooting 8x10 film has never been cheap.
     
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    With my RZ gear and Hassie, I had several backs for each camera...most important thing is to
    label each one permanently and then the film rolls you ran through it...helps you track down
    problems quickly.
     
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    I almost always have several loaded A12 backs at the ready. As a matter of habit/preference two will be loaded with PanF+, two with E100G, and two with Tri-X/HP5+.
     
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    I don't have to deal with dark slides and film inserts are cheaper than buying a complete back. But yeah, since the insert forms part of the back on Bronicas, it's not quite as convenient as the Mamiya 645.
     
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    Jon Porter has the right idea. I have wanted to find one of those Bronica belt clips and fill it with loaded inserts for my SQ-A. The Bronica back pops open quickly and you can drop in the loaded insert, avoiding all of the time-consuming part (which is threading a new roll of film onto the insert.)

    Normally I carry two or three backs with me, allowing an easy switch between two speeds of film (Acros in one, Tri-x at 1250 in another) once the daylight goes away. The third back will have a second roll of whichever film I am shooting most at the moment.
     
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    I, too, use 2 different film backs for my 500cm. So far it's been one for color and one for B&W, but I like the idea of using 2 different speeds. EDIT: shoot for pleasure only, not pro.
     
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    I always bring two backs with b&w film if I go out for a full day of hiking and photography - or if I go on a trip for 2-3 days with full camping gear.
    One back with either Ilford PanF plus, FP4+, Delta 100 or Fujifilm Acros, and one back with Ilford HP5+ or Delta 400. And sometimes also an extra empty back. I bring a few rolls of Portra 160 and/or 400 and if I want to shoot color I load that third back.

    If I go out for a few hours to shoot I just load one back and don't bring anything extra. And most of the time only one film; 10 shots :smile:
    And sometimes I just grab the camera with the film that is already loaded in the back...This is what i like most...one camera, one lens, one film. Use it regardless of the conditions and try to get something good out of the 10 frames.
     
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    ^ Just curious what camera you get out hiking with ? Peter
     
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    A Rolleiflex 6008i. I don't hike for more than a half dozen miles or so or anything too strenuous. I think in New Zealand they call it walking.
     
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    The question was obviously not direct to me. Sorry.
     
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    You have covered the main reason for owning and using removable magazines. The ability to have two different speed films, quickly available, while shooting.......Regards!
     
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    ^^ Well I gotta tell you that's still a distance to be carrying around one of those cameras ! Peter
     
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    Medium format cameras that don't accept multiple film backs are useless to me. For black and white, I have a different film back for each development. (N, N+1, etc.) If I alternatively want to photograph in color, then I might have a back for color negative, color transparency, or both.
     
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