View Poll Results: Would you buy dry-plates?
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Add me to the "maybe" group. The need for holders is what keeps me from considering a "yes, definitely" vote. Also, I'd be more interested in archaic sizes since those are the only plate holders I have.
I'm mainly interested in products that give a unique look to the final work and are unavailable commercially. The following products would be a definite yes for me.
--Azo paper on warm cotton rag base (friend went up to GEH and made this, think the base was Rising Stonehenge--anyway, it's beautiful)
--Dry Collodion Plates
I once used a packet, obviously long outdated, which I was given as a student and was surprised by ease of processing in dishes and the quality and kind-of-old-fashioned look of the results.
I'd probably buy a packet to try again out of interest and nostalgia, but couldn't see myself using them regularly. (Apart from anything else, there's the problem of storing sheets of glass....30 years of negs, prints and slides are a big enough headache as it is !)
Although I have plate holders for each of the formats I use, I probably would not buy them now. In the past I would have loved them. I did wet plate for a while and really enjoyed it. But at 85 I am beginning to pull in my horns. Good luck with the project.
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If they made them in 35mm I would
Seriously, though, I will have a 4x5 someday. I certainly would try some, though I don't know that I'd use them a lot.
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Well.... Ilford do glass plates for specialist applications, but at a price. They also introduced a line for holographic applications a couple of years back...
If someone introduced a range of plates today, it would have to be of comparable cost to sheet film before I could seriously contemplate using them on a regular basis.
Yes indeed but only if available in whole plate size...
They used to! Plate backs for the Contax rangefinders show up occasionally. It's hard for me to imagine what the niche for such a product was.
Originally Posted by Truzi
I suspect that the greater interest would be in plate-camera sizes---9x12, 6.5x9, whole-plate---rather than the current common LF sizes. Some of us have a few stray plate holders for the modern sizes, but it's gotta be a minority as compared to modern sheet-film holders.
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I've always wanted to try plates, but the lack of availability and high price puts me off. The appeal of film, is even now, it is relatively easy to obtain and commonplace. If the plates were available by the boxful and cheap, then sure, I'd work with them as often as I could. I know this is unrealistic. Rather, when a material is precious in some sense, either in cost or availabilty, I'm less inclined to take risks with the material in fear of using up my stock. I want to play around with glass plates. I don't want to invest in them.
I chose to vote "Nay. probably not." as I already coat and use my own plates. But I'm sure plenty of folks would enjoy using them. My biggest concern would be cost.
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