kodak glass plates

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  1. al.b

    al.b Member

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    hi everybody

    I went to the image show in Toronto last week and found a box of glass plates.

    The box is sealed the date is apr77 , it's tri-x panchromatic [ 5x7 ].

    I don't know how it was stored . Would it still be any good ,I would love to

    Try it. Any tips or hints on exp and dev . Any info would be great.

    thanks al.b
     
  2. GregW

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    I wouldn't think glass plates would be any different than film re expiration. Maybe even easier to deal with because no issue of film curling. I recently shot a roll of film from 1944. Developed in D76, used a bit more agitation. Over-exposed by a stop or two. Came out pretty nice actually, I was surprised. The annoyance was loading it onto the reel with all that curl. How are they re packaging? is the material separating the plates ok? has it adhered to the emulsion or anything bad like that? Give it a shot and let us know how it went.
     
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    nice find !
    in the 1980s/1990s a box of tmx(400) 4x5 plates cost about 400$USD
    you made quite a find!
    they are probably still good, just do a test exposure at about asa200
    and process in a strong developer .. if you have dektol i'd try that 1:7 for about 7-8mins

    the only problem is you need PLATE holders :smile:
    sometimes they are easy to find sometimes hard to find
    and to process you willneed either a tray to process them 1 at a time
    or a film/plate hanger and tanks ...

    not too many bumps in the road though ...
    have fun!
    john
     
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    Hi guy's

    I don't know what the plates look like I haven't opened them yet.

    I have some dd-x and blazinal no dektol .I thought I would try it

    around 100 or200asa.I do have a wood plate holder, with steel film

    Holder that fits inside .I'll go to Bell Arte camera and see if they have dektol.

    thanks guy's

    al.b
     
  5. E. von Hoegh

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    Nice find indeed!
    I expose fresh TriX sheet film at 200; I'd try one of those plates at 100, give it standard (by the book) development (to minimise any base fog) and go from there.

    Expired film can be very useable, I got very lucky and acquired some 8x10 TriX that expired in the late 80s, I give it from 2/3 to one stop extra exposure ( that is, 100 or 125 ISO) and standard (for me) development - I get no base fog and it behaves about like fresh film otherwise.