Greg Williamson 10 years ago. If the drawer latch does not jumps back in position you may push the dark slide handle firmly back in home position. The septums don’t need or want to be totally flat. When this is turned so the red dot shows, it indicates that the holder is loaded and not exposed The intermediate locked position of this wheel can be Used to indicate that the holder is loaded, and the film has been exposed. Better to detach the back and clip them in. So the newer version are to be preferred.

Do not pull the dark slide while holding the chrome latch against the handle. I am looking at buying a Shen Hao 4×5 with XL symmar. Gone are the days when I was buying good ones for 40 bucks, unless you’re very lucky. You know when you flip the dark slide to show the silver part so you know that it’s exposed. The 4×5 Grafmcitic has 4 additional features made possible by its larger size. The only other meaningful difference to be found amongst Grafmatics is between the newer locking and older non-locking versions. Here is a closer view of the light traps, the “Graflex” is below and the “Graphic” is above.

Grafmatic film holders

Edited by spiky member 10 years ago. Do you offer return privileges if flawed? It’s quite useful when I’m shooting with my cambo wide, which is hand holdable pancake type 4×5 camera.

They aren’t as handy as Grafmatics, but there’s nothing handy about a jammed Grafmatic either! Each time I have tried, I have been amazed and awed at how the the old-time press photographers were able to fire off succesive quick shots using that contraption under stressful circumstances. Being able to get shots off every five seconds comes in handy every so often.

It loads and is used facing forward only: When the Grafmatic holder is used in a Graflok Back, slide it under the focusing panel and be sure to lock it in place with the slide locks.


They are also slim enough to also slip under some spring hoolder, although not all. For GG focus I prefer normal film holders or quickloads.

You insert the film holder like normal, then pull out the darkslide. I remove the groundglass to save weight and body size, and just go to town. That being said, I just got my 3rd grafmatic which I use with my soon-to-be converted Polaroid 4×5 handheld camera, grafmatiic I intend to take on a trip overseas.


So the newer version are to be preferred. And now how to operate the Grafmatic. You can insert the back into most normal camera back – film slots dilm expose the next sheet of film, or any amount up to the full 6 sheets. If you are looking for one on ebay, get in early and ask the seller lots of questions – are the septums flat and straight, does it operate smoothly with no binding or roughness, does the counter and interlock work properly? Because of the usiny and light-tight design, as well as the movable dark slide feature of the Grafmatic film holder, some care should be exercised in storing or carrying it, ohlder prevent foreign particles from becoming lodged in the front or face of the holder around the edges of the dark slide.

Once you get used to loading it’s pretty easy: Thanks for all your comments.

I’d second to advise normal doubles for the start. Man of many Speed Graphics. Chasing Obscurity 10 years ago.

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The counter has advanced, along with a cogwheel IIRC. Still love that stuff. To load the Grafmatic film holder. Later versions had an additional “lock up” feature that locked the body solidly after the sixth sheet of film had been used. It’s nice to hear from first hand users. This holder has an arrangement of catches and leaf springs, along with the captive darkslide and a part of the main box that slides out. The “Graflex” back is slightly wider, so the base of the “Graflex” type of Fim flares out at the side, while the “Graphic” type has straight sides.

The Grafmatics were dilm by Graflex corp, makers of the famous “Speed Graphic”, and were an evolution of the older Cut Grafmattic Magazine or “Bag Mag” which held 12 or 18 sheets of film but were much clumsier to operate.

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We are going to exercise without camera or film. Sure, they also allow you to carry around 6 negs in a smaller volume of space than 3 individual filmholders — but they’re not lighter, and the space savings isn’t really worth the hassle or the cost IMHO — unless you’re using them for handheld 4×5 cameras.


Film flatness is probably not quite as good as a normal film holder, but if you stop down it probably does not matter as much. In both cases they act as both a light trap and also a means of stopping the Grafmatic sliding out of the back.

The unlocked position allows the slide to be pulled out. Thats what I did. I lubricate mines with pencil. In the older version this doesn’t happen and the tray is still free to slide in and out.

There were two types of 4×5 Grafmatic, one for the Graflok back and the other for the older Graflex back. The 4×5 Grafmatic holder has an automatic film sheet numbering system, printing the number on each negative as it is exposed.

I bought all of grafmatlc from camera fairs and was able to test them all. Overview Discussions Photos Members Map. The chrome latch grafmatix pop back in position. Better to detach the back and clip them in. 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.

Michael Costolo 10 years ago. To prevent accidental opening turn the knurled wheel in locked position. The slightly wider “Graflex” type is on the left and the “Graphic” type on the right. When pulling the slide or film compartment, pull straight outward—not backward—to avoid leverage pressure against the focusing panel or slide locks with attendant danger of light leak.

The older versions have three screws while the newer locking versions have two.

The “Graflex” version is a lot rarer, but as they aren’t really interchangeable it is best to try and identify before you buy.