Need advice on making new back for Conley wood field camera!
Hi. I am awaiting the arrival of my new to me Conley wood field camera. It had been modified in the past and the original focusing/film holder holding back may be gone.
Although from pictures, these backs all seem to be pretty much the same in general design there must be idiosyncracies to be wary of for each manufacturer.
What advice do you seasoned camera restorer/manufacturers have in this instance for me?
I have thought of asking on another forum group whether there are any owners of similar cameras who might send me some pics with a scale of the back. Is that the place to start or can I work backwards from what I got with the camera and the standard plate holder?
Extra Information for the Conley field camera
Thank you for pointing out the information that I missed posting earlier.
I don't have the camera yet however, the previous owner told me that the dimensions of the rear "standard" are 10 x 10 inches.
This particular Conley model was made in a variety of sizes, the two largest being the 8 x 10 and the full plate 6 1/2 x 8 1/2. I suspect that this means the camera is the full plate version.
It has been modified for 5 x 7 which I will keep but I also wish to make backs for full plate and 4 x 5.
I will post more exact information and perhaps a couple of quick picks as soon as I receive the real thing.
Full plate back for Conley
My apologies for leaving out some information. I am planning on doing wet-plate and tin-type photography with this camera and so would use plate holding full plate holders. Wheww, what a mouth full.
But I don't currently have any full plate glass holders. I do have some in 5 x 7 and 4 x 5 and so will be doing these formats while waiting to put the full plate option into reality.
I am grateful for the suggestions and advice.