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    I've shot a few very-old-stock plates from eBay, with *some* success---but of course they tend to be extremely fogged, and those I've found are emulsions with no reliable developing information, so it's an extremely dicey proposition. Often the results are too fogged for conventional printing, but allow a scanner to pick out some information, which would be off-topic for me to mention so I won't. :-)

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    Is this just a dream idea, but were Kodachrome glass plates ever available?

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    Clive, the answer is NO!

    Snapguy, I have speculated that this might be correct several times here on APUG.

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    Well, good grief. If you can coat emulsion on a glass plate, you can coat it on film. Film isn't going anywhere.
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    Poof!
    Last edited by DannL.; 01-15-2014 at 10:14 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    That particular reference is everywhere on APUG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    That particular reference is everywhere on APUG.

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    I fixed it.

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    Well, it did serve a purpose everywhere it popped up. It was on Kodachrome threads, but offered nothing extra here IMHO. You cna post it if you wish.

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    Film base is probably the weakest link to all of this. You can't just coat any emulsion on any kind of plastic, at least at industrial volume.
    And that comment about celluloid?? That would be interesting... someone introducing a new "Non-Safety" film. Hate to disappoint you, but that
    plug was already pulled almost a century ago.

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    Glass plate negatives were something I steered away from in the past because they were a total mystery to me. Last November I attended a Carbon Transfer workshop at the George Eastman House where we were given a choice of vintage glass plates from the archives to print. At first I was disoriented about using glass. I half expected to hear a crunch as I closed the print frame and slid the springs in place. Not only that but I decided to go for broke and transfer to glass. My first experience with glass plate negatives and carbon transfer to glass was like a dream. All the stars aligned that day! I'd really like to take an emulsion class at the George Eastman House. Education is the best way to dispel fears.
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    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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