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josh300084070
10-08-2009, 04:30 PM
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

luvcameras
10-08-2009, 05:45 PM
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?

Dan

panchro-press
10-08-2009, 06:48 PM
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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jnanian
10-08-2009, 06:51 PM
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 :)

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_fil m_or_plates.php

have fun!

john

tiberiustibz
10-08-2009, 06:58 PM
Kodak coats them:

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f32/f32f.jhtml

Scroll down to the second section where they talk about plates. I know they coat them. Not quite sure who carries them. Hunt around and you'll find them.

jnanian
10-08-2009, 07:18 PM
Kodak coats them:

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f32/f32f.jhtml

Scroll down to the second section where they talk about plates. I know they coat them. Not quite sure who carries them. Hunt around and you'll find them.

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 ...

tiberiustibz
10-09-2009, 11:59 AM
really? awww... they need to update their website at least once every 5 years...

AgX
10-09-2009, 01:55 PM
Manufactured by:

www.slavich.ru


available via:

www.wephota.de/fotogra.htm (on request)

and

www.lumiere-shop.de

AgX
10-09-2009, 02:01 PM
Agfa and Ilford are technically still prepared to coat on glass.

josh300084070
10-12-2009, 06:17 PM
Thanks everyone. I'll check into these links.

Josh

dwross
10-16-2009, 11:56 AM
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
www.thelightfarm.com