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    Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Hi folks,

    I'm very excited to announce that I've just begun testing of prototype dry plate holders which Chroma Camera and I have teamed together to release as a Kickstarter campaign in the near future. Steve and I, both with engineering backgrounds and the right kind of experience for tackling this problem, have been working on this holder design in our spare time since late last year and we think we have something which will not only serve those of us in the large format community interested in shooting dry plate, but a solution which will be pleasingly affordable as well.

    Those of you who are aware of my dry plates likely know how scarce dry plate holders are. Dry plates have a finite thickness due to the glass, and naturally won't fit into the film holders that we all use. Antique plate holders such as those found on eBay or at camera shows can be made to work, but are several decades old and are often of dubious quality. New, high quality holders are available out there, but are relatively expensive and geared towards the wet plate market... meaning they only hold one plate.

    EM of emulsive.org knew of my angst (I complained to him one day during the course of a conversation), and put me in touch with Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera. If you aren't aware of his cameras, you should probably take a look. http://chroma.camera/ Once I explained the problem to Steve and the basic design requirements, our collaboration took off. This kickstarter is (one of the) fruits of our efforts.

    Nobody is more in tune with the lack of accessories necessary to shoot dry plate holders than I, since I answer questions on where to find holders almost on a daily basis. I have been contemplating this problem since the beginning of my dry plate venture, as this is the type of problem that engineers like myself love to contemplate when I should be doing other work.

    Our design goals were simple:

    1) A scalable design to support all the plate sizes out there
    2) Affordable, but without sacrificing quality / durability
    3) Compatible not only with my plates (and their historically accurate thickness), but also with the common sheet glass thickness that I'd expect a DIY dry plate maker would use.

    Initial Kickstarter will include 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 holders to get these most common sizes out there. Long term, we plan to supply holders in any size needed by dry plate shooters.

    I'll update here as we get closer to start date, which should happen sometime over the next two months.

    Cheers,
    Jason Lane
    Pictoriographica LLC
    Brookline, NH

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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Very good idea Jason.

    I imagine you could include wet plate designs into this project.

    Perhaps even new film holders!

    Why did Chroma Camera not post their KS here?

    May you have good fortune!
    Vive la révolution!

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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    That's terrific, Jason. See? Procrastination can pay off! (Meaning that I've wanted to get some holders for awhile....)
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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Jason: Aren't you already making those?
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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Great news !!!!!

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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    I have two Graphic holders in 4x5 and two in 5x7 that are working well for me. I would almost certainly buy one or two more 4x5 if reasonably priced. Now, when I want to shoot more than four plates in a day I have to use a changing bag which is a pain in the ass with plates.


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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Cool! I've been wanting to try dry plates, but don't have any holders. I may even consider a 5x7 one, too. I have a 5x7 I haven't used, yet, 'cause I still need to make/adapt a lens holder. It'd be cool to shoot dry plates with it.
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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Yes its something I would like to try again. I do use wet plate holders for 8x10, but would definitely purchase a couple of purpose built holders.

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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nodda Duma View Post
    Hi folks,

    I'm very excited to announce that I've just begun testing of prototype dry plate holders which Chroma Camera and I have teamed together to release as a Kickstarter campaign in the near future. Steve and I, both with engineering backgrounds and the right kind of experience for tackling this problem, have been working on this holder design in our spare time since late last year and we think we have something which will not only serve those of us in the large format community interested in shooting dry plate, but a solution which will be pleasingly affordable as well.

    Those of you who are aware of my dry plates likely know how scarce dry plate holders are. Dry plates have a finite thickness due to the glass, and naturally won't fit into the film holders that we all use. Antique plate holders such as those found on eBay or at camera shows can be made to work, but are several decades old and are often of dubious quality. New, high quality holders are available out there, but are relatively expensive and geared towards the wet plate market... meaning they only hold one plate.

    EM of emulsive.org knew of my angst (I complained to him one day during the course of a conversation), and put me in touch with Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera. If you aren't aware of his cameras, you should probably take a look. http://chroma.camera/ Once I explained the problem to Steve and the basic design requirements, our collaboration took off. This kickstarter is (one of the) fruits of our efforts.

    Nobody is more in tune with the lack of accessories necessary to shoot dry plate holders than I, since I answer questions on where to find holders almost on a daily basis. I have been contemplating this problem since the beginning of my dry plate venture, as this is the type of problem that engineers like myself love to contemplate when I should be doing other work.

    Our design goals were simple:

    1) A scalable design to support all the plate sizes out there
    2) Affordable, but without sacrificing quality / durability
    3) Compatible not only with my plates (and their historically accurate thickness), but also with the common sheet glass thickness that I'd expect a DIY dry plate maker would use.

    Initial Kickstarter will include 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 holders to get these most common sizes out there. Long term, we plan to supply holders in any size needed by dry plate shooters.

    I'll update here as we get closer to start date, which should happen sometime over the next two months.

    Cheers,
    Jason Lane
    Pictoriographica LLC
    Brookline, NH

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    Hi Jason:
    I have not seen a recent update regarding the availability of your dry plate holders.
    Could you please advise when they will be available?
    I am looking for 8x10 and 4x5.
    Thank you!
    Drew

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    Re: Affordable Dry Plate Holder Kickstarter coming!

    It's the "missing piece" of the dry plate ecosystem. I jumped in early and have two 4x5 and three 5x7 holders, but it's pretty slim pickings out there now.



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