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04-07-2009, 11:28 AM
I'm planning on sending the back from one of my Seneca whole-plate cameras off to Steve Silipigni to have him use it as a template for making a wet-plate back. I ordered a silver bath and helper trays from him and I have to say I am wholly impressed with the quality of his work. He is the first person I would turn to as far as custom wet-plate construction work is concerned. His prices are terrific, his quality is first-rate, and his delivery times and communication are also outstanding.

Anton Lukoszevieze
04-09-2009, 01:00 PM
A proper wet-plate back will take aluminium sheets and glass plates. I personally recommend having a wet-plate back specially made or buy a modern wet-plate camera, it does help the process run smoothly. Ray Morgenweck made my 5x8 wet-plate camera and also backs for my 8x10 and 15x12 cameras, his work is excellent.

Colin Corneau
04-10-2009, 09:30 PM
I had a wetplate camera and accessories made for me by APUG'ger Ty Guillory.

It's a gorgeous camera, and Ty was absolutely first rate to deal with. It's the real deal...worth a look.

04-11-2009, 01:49 PM
I own equipment made by almost all of them. Silipigni's ( Black Art Cameras) and Clovis' (C.C. Davis Cameras) are probably the highest quality out of all the wet plate equipment I own. But I have a couple of Box Brownies that take gorgeous wet plate tintypes and they both only cost about 5.00 a piece on ebay. One is a a Brownie 3 model B that shoots a quarter plate and the other is a very interesting model 2-C that was made for 130 film so it shoots a 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 plate. It doesn't cost a lot to get started in wet plate. I have one of Steve Silipigni's gorgeous darkboxes that will do up to a 12x20 plate. Plus a Ford cargo van that is converted into a rolling wet plate dark room. But I also use a cardboard box ( dishwasher, dryer..ect) that has a square hole cut in it to tape a piece of dark red glass to that works like a charm. When your done shooting.. pull the glass and cloth shroud off and throw the box away or break it down to use again. Mark and France Osterman always use the cardboard box method and Mark is one of, if not the foremost authority on wet plate collodion photography in the world. Don't get me wrong, I like nice equipment as well as the next guy but a lot of the money I've spent was not necessary at all and the cardboard box is much easier to handle than the wooden dark box plus it is 1000 times lighter, just not as pretty.