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Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by r0l4nd, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. r0l4nd

    r0l4nd Member

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    Hi, I am new to this forum: spent far too much time reading past threads but never posted until now.

    I have been using my home built 5x4 field camera for a while now. I love it but contact prints from it are just too small! I think I have caught the bug and need something bigger.

    I am on something of a restricted budget (I own a pub and most of my money goes into doing things to it) so cannot afford a nice new 10x8 camera.

    I have noticed the russian 18x24cm FKD camera going quite cheaply on a certain auction site and wondered if anyone had used one - are they any good.

    Also, I cannot find a supplier of 18x24 film in the UK. Is there one?

    Many thanks for your help
     
  2. BradS

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    I've seen these cameras too. I don't know anything about them but, they do look interesting. I had always just assumed that if I got one, I'd build anew back to fit a more commonly available size film holder.
     
  3. Nick Zentena

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    If it's the camera I think it is a few thoughts.

    Check the shipping. It can be quite high.

    It's a plate camera. With all those issues.

    it's heavy IIRC.

    Once you add the cost of shipping and the camera it's no cheaper [and can be more expensive ] then an 8x10 camera.

    I'm fairly sure you can get a cheaper 8x10 on Ebay. Shipping to the UK will add a few dollars but you won't have to deal with the plate back.
     
  4. Ole

    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I have an 18x24cm plate camera, even if not of the FKD type.

    I bought a couple of cheap "clip" frames on IKEA, and use the glass and backing (one on each side) as "backing" for the film. So open the holder, insert film, insert glass, close (that side of the ) holder. Repeat as necessary. Works just great.

    The 18x24cm plate holders are generally smaller than film holders, but it might still be possible to build a new back for "standard" film holders. This is on my (growing) "to do" list...

    It's heavy, but not unreasonably so. Not significantly more than most folding 8x10" cameras - like a Gandolfi.

    18x24cm film is still (fairly) easily available form Germany, but even there 8x10" is taking over as the market shrinks. Retrophotographic has MACO UP100 in 18x24cm.

    But can anyone tell me where I find 30x40cm film for my Russian plate camera?
     
  5. Nick Zentena

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    How about cutting your own from the rolls of Aerographic film sold by mrfoto1 on eBay?

    Seems to cut easy enough and is cheap to boot.

    cheers
     
  7. Ole

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  8. r0l4nd

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    Hmmm. Film available. Not too heavy. Camera + shipping is less than 100ukp.

    I am edging towards the "Buy Now" button. I just need to press it before I get home and my girlfriend persuades me to spend the money on a dog instead of a camera!

    Ole: maybe it's time to start making dry plates for your BIG plate camera. Got to be cheaper than film.
     
  9. r0l4nd

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    Well, I did it!
    I guess I'll let you know what it is like when it finally arrives!