Where to buy

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  1. josh300084070

    josh300084070 Member

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    Where would I buy dry plates and 4x5 plate holders? Do they still make them or do I have to make my own?

    Thanks,
    Josh
     
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    Dry plates went out about 70 years ago. If you have an Antique camera that shot dry plates, you usually shim the back a bit and shoot with any more modern roll holder for a 4x5 back or even a polaroid 545 back as I have done... What are you trying to shoot?

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    Seems to me I read of an eastern or central European country, Russia perhaps, that was still making plates. It caught my attention; but not enough to buy any.

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    you can make your own if you want

    http://www.alternativephotography.com/process_dryplate.html

    it isn't too hard, and a lot of fun :smile:

    you can find recipes for emulsions here on apug
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum205/
    or at the light farm http://www.thelightfarm.com/
    or you can buy bottled stuff from liquid light, or the formulary
    there is someone in costa rica also making emulsion for sale as well ...
    http://www.costaricacoffeeart.com/alternative_photography_make_your_own_negative_film_or_plates.php

    have fun!

    john
     
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    tiberiustibz -
    kodak stopped making tmx ( tmax 100 ) plates several years ago.
    they were used in photomicroscopy and aerial work where things had
    if i remember right, in the 90s, a box of 100 plates used to cost about 400$ ...

    panchro-press i think you are right, "slavich" might still make them ...
     
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    really? awww... they need to update their website at least once every 5 years...
     
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    Agfa and Ilford are technically still prepared to coat on glass.
     
  10. josh300084070

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    Thanks everyone. I'll check into these links.

    Josh
     
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    Hi Josh,

    There are getting to be so many great methods and materials for dry plate photography you're sure to find one that fits your style of working. You're going to have a blast!

    As for your other question about plate holders, there's ebay of course, but I've been noticing that holders aren't as easy to find or cheap as they were just recently (that might be a cyclical thing.) Fortunately, you can easily make your own plate holders from old wooden film holders, which seem to come available regularly. Here's a bit of info on the 'how-to'. Mostly, it's pretty straightforward intuition. http://www.thelightfarm.com/Map/DryPlate/PlateHolders/DryPlatePart6.htm

    Best of luck and fun,
    d
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