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    interested in wetplate collodions

    Hi All, after seeing the documentary "genius of photography" i became interested on trying in the alternative processes like Daguerrotypes and colodion, although Daguerreotypes which requires pure silver might be to expensive and advance for me that made the collodion and tintype more interesting.

    what i gather is i need a large format camera and the chemicals. the chemicals i can search and there's the how to articles on http://www.alternativephotography.com

    now for the camera, maybe someone knowledgeable with the process can guide me on the right camera with my small budgets of maybe around US$300 for the camera and all its accessories (lens, holder, etc). and i'm hoping for at least 8x10 size, as i'm more interested on positive image.

    thanks all.

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    You do not need to use a large format camera, although you may find it preferable. Many start with an old Kodak Brownie with is modified to accept a plate holder. Any large format camera can be used with the appropriate holder and many like to start small to save money. I'm new to the process and bit the bullet and purchased a new 5X7 wet plate camera (made by Ty Guillory of Texas) that has both 5X7 and half-plate holders. I can easily add quarter-plate or even sixteenth-plate if I desire.

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    If you don't have a large format camera you can do Ambrotypes. I took a workshop learning how to make these using an enlarger. You coat the wetplate negatives and then expose them under an enlarger. when they're dry you paint the other side black and you have yourself an Ambrotype. You can use original images from any format you want.

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    The first place I would send you for more information on doing wet plate would be to the wet plate forum - www.collodion.com . I'd also recommend the Kodak Brownie (or any other similar box camera) as a starting point. They're very cheap and easy to work with. If you start going down the view camera path, you'll have to have a bigger budget than $300.

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    Hi, I've just started with wet plate collodion, shooting on an old half plate camera.
    Not sure what you can get hold of in Indonesia. Plenty of stuff on ebay if you dont mind paying the postage.
    The forums mentoned above are very useful.
    I have some small posts on my blog if your interested
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    thanks for all the response guys..
    LF stuffs are not easy to find here, but i did saw what i think is a graflex (don't know the specific model), can that be converted to use as a wetplate camera? i'm betting the price can be very low as very few LF shooter as far as i know.
    the enlarger approach does sound interesting, but my darkroom is still suspension as i just moved. I think that will be a very great starting point.
    hopefully i can start this project soon, many thanks for the links and help!

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    Any camera can be used as a wet plate camera if you really want to enough - even a 35mm SLR if you're REALLY crazy (but don't count on the shutter lasting very long - silver nitrate is corrosive). So yes, the Graflex can be used for wet plate - you'd just need to convert one film holder into a plate holder, which isn't hard to do yourself, or you can find people who make and sell them online.

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    ...or make your own camera...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    ...or make your own camera...?
    actually that idea already came across but don't think it's feasible now david
    looks like the enlarger approach will be nice introductory to wet plates...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveandiputra View Post
    actually that idea already came across but don't think it's feasible now david
    looks like the enlarger approach will be nice introductory to wet plates...
    You will keep us all posted about how you get on with this new project won't you? I, for one, am very interested...

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