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    easy here is an online place for buying glass plates
    http://www.macodirect.de/apx-100-glasplates-p-2038.html
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    Wow. Over 10 Euro a shot. What am I missing about dry glass plates that makes them worth this kind of money??

    Do they exhibit an image quality similar to wet plates somehow, minus possible collodion imperfections?

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    They are used for scientific purposes where film doesn't have enough dimensional stability, usually nuclear physics or similar. Ilford have one customer who pay a large sum for specialist glass plates.

    We saw a demonstration of the glass coating line on an Ilford factory tour, impressive in room lighting, but it's used in production in total darkness.

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    Holy @#$(#%^!! I'm all for glass plates, but 117 euros for ten of them is too rich for my blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza View Post
    easy here is an online place for buying glass plates
    http://www.macodirect.de/apx-100-glasplates-p-2038.html
    Hello Stephen,

    it looks like your thread here has improved the availability of glass plates.
    The Agfa plates were presented some weeks ago at the fineartforum in Germany. I've asked the Maco staff about the availability of other formats: They said there is no technical problem. If there is enough demand for other formats, then it could be produced. So if someone is interested in further formats contacting Maco is the way to go.

    Best regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    They are used for scientific purposes where film doesn't have enough dimensional stability, usually nuclear physics or similar.
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    Hello Ian,

    that is right. Another major application is in the car industry as dimensional stable references for control of production roboters.

    Best regards,
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    There are other sources, too.

    wephota.de (Banse & Grohmann) and lumiere-shop.de have glass plates, too, in many sizes and types. I know that some large format photographers used them for their old cameras. And I know two guys that make their own plates.
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    Forgive my ignorance but are these pre-coated glass plates or just straight glass plates. My (limited) understanding is that plates usually are dry and you mix up chemicals on the spot; pre-coated would be nicer but harder to load/transport. If they are just regular glass plates, why not get a local glass shop to cut some and coat yourself?
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    Those plates by Agfa and Slavich are halide emulsions coated on glass instead of on film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    Those plates by Agfa and Slavich are halide emulsions coated on glass instead of on film.
    See, I thought that all people who used plates where mixing their own emulsions up, which again shows my ignorance. Thanks for letting me know.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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