i will post some images, as soon i find the time. just stay some days in hospital... moving than on saturday to spain one week to come back beginning of jan. to shoot a book for a museum, shooting has to be finished mid of jan.... at the moment seems to be a little bit stressy the next weeks... but i will do ....
bout the questions:
the movements are not geared, you move with one screw and fix with a bigger one the movement. with some training this works fine with one hand. i never used the camera with film, but it should be no problem. the matte glass is removable and can be fitted with a 6x9cm filmholder, or he could mount a filmadapter where is now the back. the back has a special mount, which has to be very thin. i asked for two things:
1. to be able to move the chip 90 degrees without unmounting it.
2. for a dark slider i can put before the sensor if i change lenses or if i slide to the groundglass.
so a standard hassy or whatelse mount did not work for becoming to fat.
i can use all my 6 lenses from28(HR) to 135mm. the movements with 135mm start to be limited at app.22mm for the length of the tubus, so longer lenses dont make sense or you cannot shift them anymore. the schneider 24+35 digitars could be mounted, but in this case the front lense can not be moved. you only could shift with the back sidewards, but you could mount the camera vertical so you could go up and down with the sliding back. doesnt sound very comfortable,- i didnt care cause i prefer in any case the rodenstock HR lenses which dont make any problem ( anyway i was not conscient when i ordered it ).
the system is not cheap, although i believe from alpa would be more, from cambo less.
i paid at all around $10.000 (plus tax 16%). this included the helical mounts for the six lenses incl. the adapters, the sliding back, the camera body, some little and expensive accessoirs.
although he tried to deliver the things very fast, for adjustements, this or that changes, this or that detail which has had to be fixed or was not finished the camera has to be sent 3 times back in the last year, and i never have time for that stuff also cause usually i have to work...... it seems so that now it is finally finished. its a special and very individual tool ... but i could have imagined that before, anyway i didnt. so i hope to be a happy camper now, the possibilities, the handling, the weigth and size of the camera are great.
one time more has to go the camera to him in springtime, cause he will make me tha a single back for shooting with viewfinder only. therefore has to be changed something in the body to switch fast fro the sliding back to the single back.