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Thread: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

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    My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Greetings everyone,

    I'm slowly moving forward to being able to shoot 16x20 tintypes.
    Some of you have answered/helped already! So thanks!

    So far I have a lens. 480mm f/4.5 (schneider).

    I believe the next step is buying plate holders and after that would be to build the camera back/rear carrier based on the dimensions of the plate holders.

    I'm looking into svedovsky.com plate holders as they are the cheapest I've found so far.
    Based on their materials used in the construction of the plate holders, would they hold up to the chemicals used in tintype photography?
    Anyone have experience with their plate holders?

    Well, thanks for reading this!
    Take care!
    Cheers,
    Kevin H.

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    They're advertised as wet plate holders, so I'd certainly hope so.

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Are you sure your lens will cover the 16x20 format?

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Quote Originally Posted by bieber View Post
    They're advertised as wet plate holders, so I'd certainly hope so.
    It won't at infinity. If he's shooting portraits, it ought to though.

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    lol, I think you quoted the wrong post. I was very confused there for a second

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the comments. I guess I was wondering about durability and resistance to corrosion of svedovsky.com's plate holders.

    Thanks again!
    Have a great new week everyone!
    Cheers,
    Kevin

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Even wooden plate holders hold up pretty well if you clean the dregs of emulsion out properly after each exposure, I'd expect an aluminum one to be pretty daggum durable. Just make sure you wipe out the inside every time you use it (I think more than any of the actual chemicals, the things you go through the most of shooting wet plate are nitrile gloves and paper towels).

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Quote Originally Posted by bieber View Post
    lol, I think you quoted the wrong post. I was very confused there for a second
    I totally did. My bad.

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Hi bieber!

    Thank you for your advice and the tips!
    That's exactly what I was looking for

    Thanks so much!
    Have a great rest of your summer!
    Cheers,
    Kevin H.

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    Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Hey everyone,

    Finding, buying or building plate holders and camera parts is starting to look like a very long adventure.

    I'm thinking to start my tintype journey with shooting 8x10s while also, buying and building everything needed or 16x20 portraits.


    Could anyone recommend a 8x10 plate holder maker? (wood vs plastic vs aluminum)
    Does anyone know the common dimensions for plates that fit 8x10 holders?

    Here are 3 obvious sources:

    http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/wetplateholders.html

    http://incameraindustries.com/

    http://store.raykophoto.com/8x10-Tin...TES_p_207.html


    Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!

    Cheers,
    Kevin H.

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