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    The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Hi all,

    I would like to show you some pictures of the new 20 x 20 wet plate camera we, my father and I, have built. They are actually two, but, for now, only one is complete. It is a monster. It stretches to 1.5 m and it weights around 50 kg. It have left/right shift and rise/fall on the front and tilt/swing at the bag. All movements are geared. That's for now, but I'll gladly answer all your questions.










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    Where do you get bellows and what type of lens?

    How long did take?

    Can I have it?

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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Quote Originally Posted by Pawlowski6132 View Post
    Can I have it?
    Me too. It looks amazing. I hope you remembered the plate holders...

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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Congratulations. You made a beauty. Wow.
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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Looks like a lot of nice engineering in that camera.

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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    how big is your front lens board? for real BIG fast petzvals i would suggest a 12x12 inch lens board. you can go a bit smaller but most of those big petzvals have 9 inch OD flanges. best to have some extra wood on the lens board.

    looks great.

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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    That is really beautiful, Andrey.
    Did you work from plans for that, or did you scale up from a model?
    What did you use for hardware? I see what looks like cabinet door hinges, what about the track? The ground glass holders?
    I hope we'll see many images from your beautiful country.
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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Magnificent!!

    What lenses will you use??
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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Magnificent!!

    What lenses will you use??

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    Re: The 20 x 20 wet plate monster

    Hi, I'm sorry I haven't been able to answer more quickly. The bellows where made by Custom Bellows in UK. It took about six mounts to make the plans and build the cameras. All the metal hardware was made especially for the project, nothing is bought ready. The lens board is 11 1/4 square. I don't have a lens suitable for this format. I actually made them just for fun and plan to sell them both.
    I plan to make some pictures of the plate holder today and I'll show them immediately.

    Thank you very much for all your appreciation!
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