Hi Gandolfi. Had my heart racing there for a minute thinking you got to it before me! Lots of lenses, lots of looks some expensive, some not. I guess the collector in my want the plasticca. Don't get me wrong, it would be used often but that is the draw to have the "real thing" as opposed to my shit pipe lens which may very well have the identical look on film for $30 bucks.
I just received a 'Brand New Old Stock' virgin B&L 10"/4.5 Unar and will play with it. It does do the same as my antique 16.5/ 5.5 B&L Unar so I guess it is a design feature for Unar. I will have to setup something and step thru the f/stops to show the differences. I will try to post them over the weekend.
I'd certainly like to see an example of that. can you post an image ir a link to one?
you already have one, just use the rear cell from your Portrait Unar, EXACTLY the same effect and adjustable by f/stop.
I bought it - so now I have two....
I feel your pain brother Jim may we all find a plasstica in out road to greatness
I had a co-worker bring in an OM-1 with a lens and some misc. other stuff and asked me if I wanted it. He was going to throw it away in the lab if I didn't want it. The camera was like new and came with the instruction manual (in German). He is from Germany originally.
Salvation Army finds are great. I found an OM-1 mint with lens for $7. Also, Nikon L35. Olympus Mjiu. Canonet Ql-17 etc. though none were primary shooters but exceptional. As a new mother the only advice I can give to you is that "no matter how many photos you take it will not be enough." Another thing photographers are notorious for being poor evaluators of their work and pitiful analyzers. Its not the camera or film: It is the image.
You may find this also interesting reading. I posted it a while back in a thread but it is now also included in the "Book" section of the Links section of APUG:
"PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 19th CENTURY: A process identification guide" by William E.Leyshon
with the Book section and a direct link to a PDF version of the book here:
Well, it would have been nice had my instruction book (The Wet Plate Collodion Experience, by Quinn Jacobson) bothered to address this little detail. It said "shake until dissolved", not "immerse, twiddle occasionally for the next three days, then filter". Shake until dissolved implies relative immediacy.