Mamiya RB67 Pro-S Rotating Back Adapter

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by MattKing, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. MattKing

    MattKing Subscriber

    Apr 24, 2005
    Delta, BC, Canada
    Multi Format
    I've recently acquired a couple of RB67 Pro-S bodies along with a bunch of lenses and other accessories, in the hope of rationalizing my kit, and selling off the duplicates and un-needed bits.

    There is one wrinkle with the set - there are three rotating back adapters for the two bodies.

    I've done a bit of experimenting and determined that:

    1) The 3rd rotating back adapter is actually a Pro (not a Pro-S) adapter. It works fine on the two bodies, but I don't get the benefit of the enhanced interlocks or indication of rotation in the viewfinder;
    2) One of the two Pro-S adapters works fine on both bodies; and
    3) The other Pro-S adapter includes the correct indication of rotation in the viewfinder, but something about the interlocks isn't correct, because it won't let me release the shutter on either body.

    Here are my questions:

    a) any hints on what I can check on the adapter to see about correcting the problem;
    b) if I have to get another adapter, can I use a Pro-SD adapter with my Pro-S backs and retain full Pro-S functionality?;
    c) how do you identify which version of the rotating adapter you have?;
    d) anyone have an extra rotating adapter on hand? :smile:.

    If necessary I see that KEH has them listed for sale.

    Thx in advance.
  2. paul ron

    paul ron Subscriber

    Jan 22, 2004
    Medium Format
    One of your rev backs probably needs a bit of service. Perhaps a pin is bent or broken, or just needs some lube to get it moving freely. If the plates don't click in exactly right it will also malfunction.

    I hope when you get it all sorted out, you'll offer some of the spare parts here in the classifieds because a few people have been asking me about purchasing rev backs, they are generally not available separately.
  3. John Koehrer

    John Koehrer Subscriber

    Apr 3, 2004
    Aurora, Il
    Multi Format
    What paul said!
    There's a pin that goes through the adapter and if it's sticking that could be your problem.
    A drop of lighter fluid will straighten that out. if it's bent you may be able to straighten it but it's hit or miss.