How to Choose and Use Your Horseman Roll Film Back
Horseman designs film holders to insert photographic film into an optical scanning device or a camera. These holders lay film flat when shooting photography. After the exposure has been captured, the holder is removed from the system so that the film can be processed, with the number of exposures varying depending on the holder.What frame formats are supported by Horseman?
Horseman roll film holders are designed for cameras with medium and large formats. The specific frame formats include:
- 6 by 7 cm frame format: These film holders can cover 4 by 5 systems shooting in both 120 film and 220 film. They have a variety of different exposure numbers.
- 6 by 9 cm frame format: The 6 by 9 cm holders support 4 by 5 systems shooting in both 120 film and 220 film.
- 6 by 12 cm frame format: The 6 by 12 cm holders support 4 by 5 systems shooting in 120 film and 220 film.
Different film holders are created for different systems, so you need to purchase the holder that fits your systems specifications:
- Frame format: These roll film holders are designed to fit 6 by 7 cm, 6 by 9 cm, and 6 by 12 cm frame formats. They are not designed to fit small frame formats, but they will accommodate most medium and large formats.
- Film type: The film holders can shoot on 120 or 220 film.
- Camera size: Many film holders only support 4 by 5 systems, but this brand also designs holders that support 6 by 7 and 6 by 9 systems.
- Exposure number: These roll film holders have a variety of exposures ranging from 6 to 22.
These roll film holders are designed to work with most Graflok backs. They will support Horseman systems, Arca-Swiss systems, Graflex XL systems, and Speed Graphic systems that have a Graflok back. However, they are not compatible with Mamiya Press systems that have a Graflock back or Graflex Century Graphic systems.How do you attach the roll film back?
To use the film holder, follow these steps:
- Remove ground glass: To prepare your camera for the holder, remove the ground glass. Place it somewhere safe like a pouch or sealed container.
- Move metal tabs apart: You will see metal tabs above and below the channel. Slide these apart to make room for the holder.
- Slide into the channel: Place the holder in the channel that normally holds your sheet film.
- Adjust metal tabs: The channel will have metal tabs above and below it. Slide the tabs to the left and the right to lock the holder in place.