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10-25-2006, 11:46 AM

Would a Kodak Empire State view camera serve good as a wet collodion glas plate camera?

Cheers Johannes

10-25-2006, 12:51 PM
Early Empire State cameras were made for dry plates, but later ones were made for film.

If the camera is an earlier one, the supports for the rear standard should be strong enough to keep the back plumb (vertical) under the load of the glass weight. However, the later cameras designed for film may not have as strong a support.

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with the Empire State cameras to tell the difference between the earlier and later cameras.

10-25-2006, 01:39 PM
Within reason, just about any view camera can be used for wet plate. What size is the camera you are considering?

10-25-2006, 01:57 PM
Hmm, i dont really know how old the camera is.

Maybe you can tell from the pictures if its a newer or elderly one.

Kerik, The size is 11x14. I have whatched your collodion stuff, really neat and nice. Maybe you have some other tips on a good camera.

Check it out on ebay, if you promise not to bid :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/EMPIRE-STATE-No1-11X14-Viewcamera-by-Eastman-Kodak_W0QQitemZ180040460382QQihZ008QQcategoryZ1524 8QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Cheers Johannes

10-25-2006, 02:23 PM

No worries, I have too many cameras as it is. :) That particular camera needs lots of work, as I'm sure you noticed. Plus, it's missing the extension rail and I think you'll find 19.5 inches will not be enough at times.

My question is, why do you want 11x14? If you've not done collodion before, I'd suggest you start smaller; 8x10 or less. Things get trickier as the plate size increases. I shoot 8x10, 11x14 and 14x17 but by far most of my collodion work is 8x10. I really enjoy working this size and there are of course many more 8x10 cameras available for not too much money. Since that camera does not come with a holder, you will have to track one down. If you can find an 11x14 dry plate holder, you can use that for wet plate. Otherwise, you can adapt an 11x14 film holder to hold plates a bit smaller, say 10x12 or so. But any kind of holder this size won't be cheap.

Good luck!

10-25-2006, 02:36 PM
If you want a project camera (the ebay one you mention looks quite a lot like a "project") you can have my Korona 8x10 for the shipping... But that also needs a handy-man. I don't have the time or resources for it now, and I'd rather see it working than gathering dust in a corner.

I think wetplates is a "bit" more involved compared to normal LF, so if I would do it, I'd start out a bit smaller, 5x7 or 8x10. They are slightly easier to handle.

10-25-2006, 02:48 PM

I've got two wet plate holders here, for 18x24cm plates with inserts to reduce the size to 13x18cm and 9x12cm. They are really complete camera backs, so fitting one with a ground glass and using the other one for plates should work fine.

Anybody in need of a "project"? :D

10-25-2006, 02:58 PM
I believe there's a generous, give-away mood in here tonight... :D

10-26-2006, 12:05 PM
Jerevan .. Pm sent.

Ole, would a 18x24 fit a 8x10 camera?

Cheers Johannes