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    Is plate film stil around?

    Hello.

    I am looking at a VERY nice, to me, Voigtlander Bergheil folding plate camera, 6.5*9 cm.
    It is a ice old camera, but, how is it to find film for it today?
    How are these cameras today? How do the photos turn out? Any one who have and use one here?

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    If you look around you can find a roll film back for it and shoot 120 film. Rada, suydam and rollex are the common brands. Great camera btw.

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    Many of us coat our own plates. In fact, we just finished 2 workshops at George Eastman House on the making of the emulsion and coating the plates.

    PE

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Well, I think, if I go for the camera, that I will go for the film back.

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    Not that it would help your needs, but I recall from one of the Ilford factory tours that they still coat glass plates to special order for scientific purpose.

    Could you use ordinary sheet film cut to size...I remember that you used to be able to get simple metal sleeves to hold cut film in a plate camera back.

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    With this size camera there's no point using sheet film, it is available to special order as part of Ilford ULF annual rum, and I think Wephoto sell it as well.

    Pre-WWII Rollex backs are quite common second hand but beware there's a few different edge types you need the right one, and make sure it's 120 not 620. The big adavantage is 120 film isn readily available, the format's only marginally different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    With this size camera there's no point using sheet film, it is available to special order as part of Ilford ULF annual rum, and I think Wephoto sell it as well.
    I like 6.5x9 sheet film. You get the sheet-by-sheet development benefits, and it's a nice mini-contact-print size (that fills out some standard frame sizes a little better than 6x9). I'm all for rollfilm backs, but I wouldn't say there's *no* point using small sheets.

    Mirko said the new Adox CHS 100 II will be available in 6.5x9, I think; so that's another option.

    The Bergheil is indeed a very nice camera. I got my 9x12 out yesterday for the first time in quite a while and was reminded of what a pleasure it is to shoot. OP, you want that camera!

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    You also get the dust hassles of sheet film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegard_norway View Post
    Hello.

    I am looking at a VERY nice, to me, Voigtlander Bergheil folding plate camera, 6.5*9 cm.
    It is a ice old camera, but, how is it to find film for it today?
    How are these cameras today? How do the photos turn out? Any one who have and use one here?
    Here you go: http://www.macodirect.de/glasplates-c-1_6_32_626.html

    Glas plates with AGFA APX100 emultion. Freshly made.

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    Works out 12.62 euros a plate, these are mostlikey for specialist scientific purposes like Ilford's plates.

    Ian

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