Roll film back: horseman vs toyo : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I would like to know who did compare the Horseman rollfilm back 4x5 to 6x7 with Toyo rollfilm back 4x5 to 6x7 and your opinions. I read View Camera magazine's comments. However, I want to know the users opinions. Please write a few line on this topic. Thank you very much for you information.

-- Yong-ran Zhu (, November 13, 1998


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Zhu, I have used only the Horseman and Sinar backs so I cannot comment on the Toyo design. The Horseman technically works very well: excellent focal plane alignment and even frame spacing. The worst thing about the Horseman is that you must remove your groundglass frame and use the Graflock clips to hold it in place as it is just too thick to slip under the tensioning springs of most camera designs. Since the prices seem to be roughly equal (according to B&H) you will have to decide which design you like best. If the Toyo backs allow you to use both 120 and 220 film that would be a major point since the Horseman desire requires you to purchase either the 120 or 220 version.

-- Ellis (, November 13, 1998.

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Any comparison with the Calumet C2N would also be appreciated. The Calumet can use either 120 or 220 film and does fit under the ground glass. Pictures appear similar to the Toyo backs but at lower cost. Anyone have any experience as compared to the Horseman? Wista also has a design that looks very similar to the Horseman, any comments?

-- Dave Schneider (, November 13, 1998.

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