They seem to be available in several sensitivities, not just red, but I think red is most common due to the red laser situation. Get your green safelight out.
Do Slavich still cut to size? Stories on the web say retrophographic used to sell them, though not sure if they still do.
You have the useful advantage of having plate cameras in every size which helps... trying to stick to one (or maybe two - being tempted) for now.
You think you are sick; I got a bunch of Kodak 3 x 3 glass plates used in the semi-conductor industry for making substrate matrices; those have got to have a "curve" flat as plate glass and almost vertical!
Build a pinhole camera... learn to reverse process.. bwahh ha ha ha!
You're right, AFAIK there are several different emulsions with sensitivity in different ranges for different laser wavelengths. Mine are red-sensitized and have a very low green-sensitivity. Green safelight's the thing.
Originally Posted by Justin Cormack
Slavich seems to be the last remaining plate maker, and they still cut to size. Unfortunately the minimum order weighs about a ton (glass is heavy!).
Retrophotographic still sells them, at least they still had a little stock of 9x12cm plates last time I looked. I've bought two packs from them, and still have one left. It's fun, but expensive fun!
As to plate camera sizes, there's a very useful little trick: My 24x30cm plate camera came with two complete sets of format reducing inserts: 24x30cm to 18x24cm, 13x18cm, 10x15cm, 9x12cm and 6.5x9cm. It may seem a bit difficult to shoot 6.5x9cm plates in a 24x30cm camera, until you realise that the camera has a minimum bellows extension of 30mm. Yes, 3cm. Maximum is about 120cm! Since the front movements (rise, fall and shift) don't use the bellows, there's sufficient movements to move the center of a 90mm lens completely outside a 5x7" (or 13x18cm) negative.
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Actually doing the measurements, 9x12 fits vertically in my (half plate) holders, and that must have been what was being used as the original ground glass is missing and someone has bodged a vertical one in the middle (I think it spent some time being used as a portrait camera at a guess). So I do have a two format camera without any adaptors! Might see if retro have any left then.
Hmm, they do have some left. I see what you mean about pricey though - £5 a shot. ISO 125 though - whats the spectral sensitivity of these ones? What do you dev them in? Have you got any example shots?
Pretty much ready to shoot now, see about the light leaks.
I once used a Kodak product that was used for holography and astrophotography. Its speed was in the order of ISO .00000001. While using it to make photos of stars, with a normal exposure of 8 hours, it ended up being a faster film than Tri-x, due to reciprocity effects. It was as grainless as film could be. I shot some high-key scenes at noon with it and my time was in the 30 to 40 minute range. It was developed in D-19.
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I, too, have wondered this for a long time.
It seems to me that any light-sensitive silver halide material can be used for regular photography, even if its through some weird processing procedure.
The plates are (obviously) super fine-grain, and are slow.
I used some of the red-sensitive slavich plates once, playing around with holography with laser pointers (actually quite fun).
After a 30 second exposure about 8 inches from a laser pointer with the collimating lens removed, and 10 seconds in the developer, the plate was completely black, so they're not too slow ... I've always been wanting to try this.
Let us know how it comes out.