SINAR p-SLR update

Today, I got response from SINAR Switzerland, informing me that “it’s not possible to use the p-SLR adapter with other SINAR cameras than the P2 and P3 models. The p-SLR system is being installed on the rear joint unit, fixed with a screw. The SINAR F2 is characterized by the joint unit and the 4×5 inch frame to be permanently connected. The only possibility is to use a P2 or P3 rear element with the rest of the system belonging to the SINAR F series cameras.”

So, it’s not impossible but not just “plug and play” to get the p-SLR system working with the older SINAR viewcameras. In addition the need of a P2/P3 rear element adds another estimated 500 Eur to the total investment.

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  1. SINAR of Switzerland looks to have an old common problem:
    Railroad tracks.
    The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.
    Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.
    Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.
    Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
    Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.
    So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.
    And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
    Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.
    So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’ , you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.)

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