View Full Version : Upgrading to 11x14" any advices?

31-Jul-2013, 12:24
Hello there!! Long time lurker on this forum, Ive learned alot about LF photography reading! Thanks for that!
Ive been doing LF for along time, mostly 4x5 and 5x7, and in the last 2 years Ive been working on WetPlate with my 5x7 camera.
Thinking about going to 11x14 plates and I just wanted to know what could be a cheap option for it. The ideal would be an old Wood DryPlate camera with holders. What brands do you recomend and how much should i expect to pay for a camera plus a couple of holders? I dont need any movements on it. Could be a basic setup.
Thanks alot for your help!!

Agustin Barrutia

Drew Bedo
31-Jul-2013, 19:01
Advice? I don't hav any serious photographic advice . . .well, maybe these:
Chapist? There is a thread in the DIY forum on a fixed focus bnox camera in ULF. Another thread there is about someone's home-built 20x24.

I do have some lifestyle advice: Figure a way to dig up gold bars from your back yard.

Steven Tribe
1-Aug-2013, 13:32
The chances of getting hold of a reasonably priced old mahogany camera get very low when you get past the format 10x12".
Looking for an old (lightweight!) process/copy camera - with limited movements (if any) might be possible - but remember these must have plate holders or you will have to embark on a new "hopeless" search for these.

4-Aug-2013, 12:10
Thanks both for your advices.
Someone offered me one 11x14 no brand, with 1 holder and lens for 500euros. Its a field camera, no movements (some front rise and back tilt i think), and looks to be in good working order.
Should i go for it??


Steven Tribe
4-Aug-2013, 12:33
"No Brand" cameras are very common. They were ordered from specialist workshops by retailers. Sometimes they were given an identity - sometimes not.
I have never seen a ULF mahogany travel or field camera from the era 1890-1914 that was poorly made or which used other than very good wood. This sounds like a tailboard camera, which is a very good design for larger formats.
Is this a book type holder for two plates or one with tambour/door that can take just a single wet plate?
This is certainly an OK buy - perhaps even very good, depending on the lens!

Drew Bedo
4-Aug-2013, 19:03
A ULF camera (in working order I hope?) for less than $1,000 US sounds pretty good to me. What does it have . . .and what does it lack? Does it have a lens, a ground glass . . .is there a way to mount it on a tripod or does it need a camea stand . . .all will factor into how good (or bad) a deal 500 Euros is for this item.