I dont have any idea why wet plate collodion negatives of William Henry Jackson seem to me the most beatiful. I saw some similar effects at some Leica shots , some pyro negatives and carbon prints.

If Ether is exactly necessary, I went in to some surgeries and I know how these stuff is rock solid powerful and I run away.

What is the closest process to wetplate collodion without nasty stuff ?

John, I read you , please write a little bit more about your experience and a scan.

Darko, I think an ABS box and a Summar lens would be great.

Flying Camera , Now I have only one Leica , Leica Mini zoom with Vario Elmar 35-70 and sometimes it amazes me ! Its all plastic.