Ray Gem Camera

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  1. Kris Bochenek

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    Hi all. I got a beat up Ray Gem Camera from 1900's and after putting new leather and oiling the mechanism I would like to take few shots with it. The problem I have is that I don't have plate holders for it, so I searched high and low for them on Ebay, but nothing that fits turned out. I am asking here because I hope that someone might have one for sale or knows where to get one. The plate holders need to be .5" thick. Thank you
     
  2. Mustafa Umut Sarac

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    Kris,

    Where are you ? I think Ian Grant , an forum member, is the best advisor from England. PM him if he does not write here.

    Good luck,
     
  3. Barry S

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    Kris--what are the dimensions of the holder you need (aside from the .5" thickness)? Are you looking specifically for a plate holder or would a film holder be preferable?
     
  4. Kris Bochenek

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    Barry, I would prefer a film holder. Once I get back home I will measure the camera's plate portion and post the dims.
     
  5. Barry S

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    Ok--I have a box of miscellaneous old holders and will check if anything might work.
     
  6. Francis in VT

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    Kris; See if there is a number after the name Ray Camera. I looked in my 'McKeown's' and there were quite a few different types.
    Like another poster wrote, we need dimensions.

    Francis in VT
     
  7. Ian Grant

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    It's a US, Rochester, camera so chances are plate/film holders are quite different to British ones which where mostly bookform.

    So Barry is more likely to be able to help. I do have a big pile of 5x4 DDS plate holders and adaptors for film but these are all modern style to fit International backs.

    Ian
     
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    Sorry it took so long to respond. The overall size of the holder would have to be 4.75" x 6.5"x 0.5"
     
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    Kris-- That's suspiciously close to the size of a modern 4x5 film holder. Have you tried fitting a standard Fidelity/Lisco/Riteway type film holder?
     
  10. Kris Bochenek

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    Thank you, Barry. I will try that.
     
  11. Ian Grant

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    You may need the older / thicker wooden plate/film holders, however the register is the same.

    The big advantage with US Rochester made cameras is there's a degree of standardisation almost unknown at that time in Britain and Europe. A consequence is the post WWII International standards are based on some of those holders.

    Ian