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    MOre defined level of interest in Slavich Plates - US

    I have corresponded with the company that imports Slavich Plates for Holography into the US. The owner has stated that they might be interested in piggy backing PFN-01T plates on their normal orders if there is sufficient interest in purchasing them. She wishes to know what sizes are of interest. For her to get a reasonable quote and figure out minimum orders she needs an idea of what sizes we want.

    They will be pricey, no matter what size. These have to come from Russia.

    My interest is in 9x12cm and 1/4 plate (3.25x4.25).

    And yours?

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    I can shoot 4x5" and 5x7" plates, and would be interested in trying some, but can't imagine it becoming a regular habit.
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    Of what benefit would there be in shooting glass plates if your camera can also shoot cut-film? Of course I understand the curiosity factor, as well as the desire to use long-discontinued equipment that takes glass plates. Is this the main reason? Are there any "magical" qualities to a modern emulsion coated on glass, as opposed to a film base?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE View Post
    Of what benefit would there be in shooting glass plates if your camera can also shoot cut-film? Of course I understand the curiosity factor, as well as the desire to use long-discontinued equipment that takes glass plates. Is this the main reason? Are there any "magical" qualities to a modern emulsion coated on glass, as opposed to a film base?
    MUCH, MUCH flatter sensitive material (no 'bellying') and better and more consistent location of the average plane of the sensitive material. With a correctly set ground glass you could see resolution in lp/mm double or better at f/11 and wider. The bigger the format, the greater the benefit.
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    Tim the problem is film is far cheaper and its very easy to adapt a plate holder to take film. So I have plenty of 9x12 Foma film for my Rodenstock 9x12 camera, I haven't seen my other 9x12 camera yet an ORIONWERK with a Rodenstock Eurymar lens (its in the UK I'm in Asia Minor). Oh and they also take a 120 film back, I have two.

    There are people who would like to use plates, but I think it will be difficult to find them.

    I still have a box of plates, unused


    The reality is I don't want to have to store plates, I can print them, I've printed hundreds if not thousands over the years, but if films available personally I feel that's a better option.

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    Advantages?

    No film curl -- no sagging film in the holders or with negs in the enlarger. probably good flat even contact with contact printing.

    There might be others.

    I have some relatively modern 5x7 glass plate holders...might be fun to play with plates, but don't count me in on ordering any. $$

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    Roger & Vaughn have you ever had a problem of film curl ?

    I've only been using LF for a short time (since 1976) but I've never seen or experienced it .

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    All,

    Let me clarify. This is a plate camera forum. There have been threads where people have expressed an interest in trying, using, whatevering, Slavich Plates, the last we know of made in the world. Via the power of the internet, I contacted the people who import holographic plates and asked if they would be interested in piggy baking our orders with theirs. If there isn't enough interest, no sweat. I have hundreds of sheets of film myself in multilple formats, it's not life and death to me.

    For all your other photo resources, if you wish, please post a message telling others what information I am trying to get. The email address they can write to express interest is... tres.four@gmail.com.

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    Film flatness is one of those things that doesn't seem to be a problem until you've found better film flatness, like moving from a Graflex rollfilm holder to a Linhof Super-Rollex, or from an open neg carrier to a glass neg carrier. Everything before was sharp, or so you thought, and then all of a sudden it's SHARP. I don't know if plates will give me that impression, and I certainly don't want to build a large collection of plates that I'll have to move every time we move house, but I am curious.

    I also want to know just how heavy that 5x7" plate mag is for my Press Graflex with a dozen plates in it.
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    To correct you Tim, this is the Plate camera section of the APUG forum.

    Plate cameras take plates but 99.99% of users use film in their plate cameras. I'm not trying to stop your well meant offers of help but realistically demand will be very low. I believe that Ilford actually re-introduced plates but I think for specialist (scientific) purposes.

    Ian

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