If you are not familiar with the different camera designs made by Graflex,
you may want to visit this gallery.
Graflex Back Primer: Graflex
designed and manufactured three basic types of back systems.
- The Graflex back, found
on most early reflex cameras, but also found on Speed Graphics and Graphic
View cameras. The ones on Graphic Views could be removed and rotated;
they were designed to allow the use of Graflex rollholders.
- The Graphic or 'spring'
back was found on early Graphic 'press' and Graphic View cameras.
It allowed ground glass viewing, enhanced by a folding hood that fit
into the cast metal, spring mounted frame that held film holders. The
hood could be removed, but not the film holder frame, limiting it to
cut film, Grafmatic and film pack holders or non-Graflex/Graphic rollholders
that could be slipped into the gape of this back.
- The latest type of back is the
Graflok, in which the viewing frame could be removed entirely,
allowing for rollfilm and Polaroid backs to be attached. These will
always have chrome sliders to grip rollholders and chrome spring levers
to allow for insertion of cut film holders with the frame on the camera.