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    Dry Plates?

    Anyone know if dry plates are still available in these days of postprocessedpixelpoop?

    I've got an old plate camera on the way and would like to try a plate or two if I can get my hands on some factory-fresh ones.

    Speaking of plates, I made enlargements from a couple of old glass 4x5 negs found at a flea market. The images are remarkable in 11x14.

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    You can try making your own with Liquid Light or some similar product.

    Neal Wydra

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    If you can't find new(er) ones, there's a book called Primitive Photography that goes into making your own. If you need info on the book PM me and I'll dig out the ISBN, author (Greene?) and publisher, later this evening.

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    rogueish please post the info here. I also picked up a old book from the turn of last century on how to make your own negatives with lots of good info. I need to post some of those recipes.
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    a while ago ole posted the name of a company that is selling dry plates. kodak made tmax 100 plates they cost something like $100 a box of 25.

    i have made and used dry plates using liquid light. it isn't too hard and is kind of fun. you can also use the forumla i posted for a silver bromide emulsion, sub your glass and coat the emulsion onto plates. the recipe that i posted here : http://www.apug.org/forums/article.p...=44#comment140

    is pretty much what liquid light is - a slow, traditional silver bromide emulsion.
    there is also step by step info on how to coat plates here: http://www.alternativephotography.co..._dryplate.html

    good luck!
    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
    rogueish please post the info here.
    Sorry Aggie
    Didn't get to check APUG last night and missed your post. Got caught up in doing renos around the house. Will pull it out tonight. Do you want the book info, or the dry/wet plate info?

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    Photographoc plates are still made by Slavich. I know that our friends at Retro Photographic were importing some for a "market trial", but I don't know what came out of that. Unfortunately they didn't import any of "my" sizes (9x12, 13x18, 18x24 - all in cm).
    Last edited by Ole; 12-08-2004 at 08:07 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: typo in link
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    I e-mailed them to see if they were planning to import 5x7" plates, which would have been my preference, but alas they were not, but I just got some 5x7"-to-4x5" plate holder converters, so maybe I'll try some if they are available.
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    Okay, I just checked over there. Ole, there's a typo in your link. That should be www.retrophotographic.com. It looks like Retrophotographic is now partnering with Fotoimpex.de, so maybe J&C could help us out here.
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    Thanks David, I guess I shouldn't try to type with a cat on my lap. I'm sure he thinks so, at least.
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