Hi all,

I've been flirting with the idea of collodion for a long time now and its becoming a more attractive idea everyday. I'd really love to be doing Daguerreotype but so far I don't have the resources to learn the process.

Anyway, at this point I would plan to do collodion in a standard field camera with modified film holders. My concern is how to protect the camera from damage by the chemistry, particularly silver nitrate. Ideally I'd just have a wet plate back and holder made but thats just not an option at the moment. I apologize if this has already been answered (I feel like it has to be somewhere) but I can't find it.

I'm hoping that some of you experienced wet platers produce your plates this way and can talk to me about potential damage to the camera and how to prevent it. My camera is an 8x10 Deardorff field camera. I will do 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14 plates (I built an expansion back). Is there a way to completely protect the camera from the effects of the chemistry? If damage is inevitable I'll have to rethink the whole thing or save up for a wet plate back.

Thanks for the help!