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    Quote Originally Posted by cdholden View Post
    They don't stock 7x17 either. The key is to order it and wait for delivery. It takes some patience, but I received my 7x17 and 2.25x3.25 and plan to order another shot of both in the coming weeks. Next order is early February. Add a few weeks to process and another few to get across the pond and I can get another batch of odd sized film by end of March. 2 months is a lot less wait than an annual film run. If I can work with both, all the better!
    that sounds encouraging, so even when it has the 'red' (not the grey box representing item in backorder) box alongside stating 'item is out of order' it is available in a few months?

    have you used the wephoto film yet? if so wondering how you found it, 25, 100 or 200 ASA for example. Is it the same as something else under a different name Adox, ELFKE for example? i couldnt find any development details, i presume you have that info?

    cheers A/

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    The label on the Kodak TMax 400 whole plate film reads as follows:

    6 7/16 x 8 7/16 in.

    So, yes this is whole plate film and should work fine in whole plate film holders. I have used mine in my Chamonix and my Japanese whole plate film holders with no issues at all.

    The Ilford label on their HP5+ whole plate film reads: 6.5 x 8.5 in.

    No problems with either of them and I would say, place an order if they have some and have fun shooting. Try The View Camera Store in Arizona for Ilford whole plate film.
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    Anastigmatic,
    That is correct. "Next back-order for out-of-stock film and specialty formats will close on February 10th 2009!" Place your order by Feb 10 and you'll get it shipped to you when it comes in. Mine takes a few weeks longer to arrive due to customs and travel across the pond. Going back into my email, it looks like order to receipt of film was about 6-7 weeks.
    I was hoping to take out the 2x3 today, but I got detoured with other tasks. It is rebadged Foma, so look there for dev info. Foma isn't hard to find in the US, but finding it in 2x3 and 7x17 is.
    Best of luck,
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    Film is usually under-cut by about 1/16 of an inch from it's nominal size to enable you to get it into a film holder without binding. I once got a box of film from one manufacturer that was accidentally cut to exactly 11x14, and it would not fit in the holders. So yes, the film is whole plate film, but cut to a size to keep your darkroom cursing to a minimum.
    I just want to feel nostalgic like I used to.


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    undercut by 1/16 is fine of course and what we are used to. i was a bit concerned if the film stated as 6.4 of an inch X 8.4 was then possibly undercut by 1/16 again it would be too small. 1/16 is pretty much 1.5mm whereas 0.1 of an inch is 2.5mm which is a bit loose but if it came in another 1,5mm smaller again (4mm!) it wouldnt be so good. anyways, i will order some and soon find out just for a change of film eh! acording to Diane its just 1/16. thanks also Chris for the info, its always encouraging to hear of others having no problem with a service when wanting to use it for myself. cheers A/

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    I have some of this whole plate TMY film, and it fits both the Lotus and the Chamonix holders just fine with no wobble. I have a feeling someone just rounded off the dimensions to one decimal place in the description.
    I just want to feel nostalgic like I used to.


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    Thanks for all the help on this issue. I have some whole plate film on the way now. Now I just need a few more holders.... oh, well.

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    Glass plates were actually the nominal sizes. So a whole plate really was 6.5 by 8.5 inches, and 4x5 was really 4 by 5 inches.

    Cut film (sheet film) is sized to fit into film sheaths, which were metal adapters to allow plate holders to hold film. (Plates were typically held in compression in plate holders, so the film sheaths were stiff.) They normally had folded over lips on the long side of the film (at least), so the film had to be smaller in that dimension to allow for the lips. Each size of film sheath had a different design, so there's no standard formula to go from plate size to cut film size.

    I presume that it was Kodak that established the dimensions of the film sheaths in the first place, and made cut film to match them. Those cut film sizes became the standard.

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    John, thats pretty much the case for the folding plate cameras, like the black leather covered wood or metal cameras, such as the Bergheil, Vag, Arvus, Recomar ect ect, the various makers list is long. they take the metal glass plate holders that with a metal film sheath inserted convert them to take the nominal size film, which is in fact as you say, smaller than what the glass plate was.

    however, so far as i have ever seen and all the ones i have, with the whole plate (and other original plate size film from pre 1900's) the cameras are generaly those of the veiw/field camera design (there are others too) and they use the wooden bookform film holders.

    these type dont need (use) a metal film sheath at all (likely it would be in the way), the film fits in precicly where the glass plate originaly did (cant fall through because it sits on the same lip as the glass did) and a flat board is placed behind the film (if viewed from the front), on top as you have the book holder open, load the film, and then the spacer board to make up the thickness of the origial glass plate. many of the old cameras using wooden bookform holders often arrive with a board of some sort in them already (indicating the camera had at one time in the past been used with normal film), sometimes with notes or some other things stuck to them indicating the date they were last used, which is often pre-war is some instances. so for these film replacements the film simply needs to be the original size, just as it was for glass plate...unlike the 6.5x9, 9x12, 10x15 so on and so on glass plate film replacements of other formats...
    Last edited by Anastigmatic; 01-08-2009 at 05:12 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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