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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    A fellow member asked for a bigger picture of the tripod adapter (which I've sent him by personal message). But I guess others might appreciate it as well: is shows better the way I attached the wood to the circular metal tripod base > with the use of 6 little screws.

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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    These period tripod base inserts are quite a popular item on ebay, but I don’t think there are standard sizes. The three loose legs of the oiginal tripods fit quite a range of sizes.

    I note the irregular oak growth will give some protection against weakening cracks, but perhap an “Intrepid” ply solution would have been more reliable?

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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    These period tripod base inserts are quite a popular item on ebay, but I don’t think there are standard sizes. The three loose legs of the oiginal tripods fit quite a range of sizes.

    I note the irregular oak growth will give some protection against weakening cracks, but perhap an “Intrepid” ply solution would have been more reliable?
    Indeed Steven, I guess plywood would work as well or even better, however not sure whether plywood would stay strong when there are screws in the end sides of the wood. However I had only oak as hardest wood at hand and no plywood. Some make them from metal - which seems the best option; and my Thornton Pickard acquired this year, came with a metal adapter:




    There are apparently also fellow members that work with metal like this one here:
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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    It would not be complete without a lensboard that could take my lenses / shutters. Therefore I had to replace the original one since that one had a very big hole and too many screwholes for my taste. Actually I made two boards - since I have another big lens I want to try out. The one shown here does nicely fits my 250mm Tessar.


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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    Ok here a pic of the completed camera with its 3 matching full plate holders - the bellows came out very well after rejuvenation - conditioned with the right lotion and oils the Russian leather became quite supple...


    Eastman full plate camera (10 - final) by Ron (Netherlands), on Flickr

    ..and now starting the quest for some full plate film
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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    ... and what I found about the address on the makers label:


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    Re: Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co camera - restoration

    Very well done and great documentation

    Thanks for the story and posts

    You too Steven!
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