Why use cut film in a medium format camera?

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    Here's my Hasselblad Single Exposure Back and Holders. I use it because it if fun and different. See how compact it is?

    [​IMG]001 by Nokton48, on Flickr
     
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    Late to this thread, but unless I missed something in reading through the posts so far, there's another reason not yet mentioned: if you're working on a project in which long-term stability of the negatives is important to you - say, a documentary project that's important to your family or your community - the polyester base on which sheet film is coated is more stable over the very long run, particularly under less than ideal storage conditions, than the acetate base on which roll film is generally coated.
     
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    Sheet film doesn't need to be re-spooled either. :smile:

    I've heard that some pros would spend time in the darkroom getting a good looking print and then make a copy neg of it. Probably using sheet film. Then they can make as many quick (but good) prints as the customers want.
     
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    I have cut-film backs for both the Rollei tlr and Hasselblad. Both are a PIA to use but both are fun to use (makes you actually think about what you are doing). I like the Rollie back better because it uses 6.5 x 9 cm film which leaves a clear "tab" of unexposed film to the side of the image on which I write info about the image. 6.5 x 9 cm film is no longer made, I just cut down 4x5 to fit, and yes they are a PIA to use.
     
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    Ilford has been offering FP4 Plus in 6.5x9 cm as part of its annual special order program.
     
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    Actually you can still buy fresh Ilford FP4+ and Foma 100 from the dealers in Europe. Both of those are my go-to films.
     
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    While it might be fun to have a sheet film back for a Hasselblad, the inconvenience of a nonstandard size film sheet plus fun and games of playing with darkslides/film advancement/lens cocking do not excite me. No thanks, I will pass on that.
     
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    Just bought a Busch Pressman 2x3 camera for very cheap and it included 11 cut film holders. In searching around the site while waiting for it to get here, I came across my own post and re-read all of these ideas! I think I especially want to try two of these ideas: 2x3 tintypes and shooting Instax film.

    Also, am I right in seeing that the only film still offered in this size are Arista 100, 400 and Ilford FP4, HP5?

    (P.S. does anyone with experience prefer the arista 100 vs 400?)

    Where do you get the right sized metal plates because this one comes with 4x5?

    This also seems like a lot of fun to me. I'm trying to find a way to do it without having to reload the film back into the cartridge and putting it through an Instax camera (I don't want to have to buy an instax camera)
     
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    I've used cut film holders in 2x3 press cameras for films unavailable in 120 rolls.
     
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    You need to make some kind of roller mechanism to squeeze the developer from the pod evenly across the film. It is all mechanical.
     
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    2x3 sheet film is smaller than the format in 6x9 film holders. As for Zone System photography, one can have a separate film holder for each development. (N, N-1, N+1, etc.) A. Adams did this with his Hasselblad.

    If one's doing masking (e.g. unsharp masking), there might be an advantage to using medium format sheet film. Otherwise, I would stick with roll-film holders.
     
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