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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by jpheneger View Post
    I plan to make full 8x10 portraits using glass plates. My goal is to be able to shoot anything from a 3/4 portrait to a head & shoulders shot.
    Then a 14 to 16 inch lens. As fast as you can afford. An f/4.5 Tessar would probably be the most cost efficient, although you might consider some of the projection lenses (Beseler, Buhl...)
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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Then a 14 to 16 inch lens. As fast as you can afford. An f/4.5 Tessar would probably be the most cost efficient, although you might consider some of the projection lenses (Beseler, Buhl...)
    Thank you for the suggestion.

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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    A few weeks ago I bought an overhead projector at a swap meet for $10. All I wanted was the fresnel lens but I also saved the lens. Seems like something you might want to experiment with.



    As you can see quite a manageable size though without a shutter or iris. Maybe you could cut a slot in the housing and use waterhouse stops or perhaps wet plates are so slow that you'll need to use it wide open. I don't know.

    In any case, I've got plenty of lenses for now so if you want this send me a PM and we'll figure out how to get it to you.

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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by dfort View Post
    A few weeks ago I bought an overhead projector at a swap meet for $10. All I wanted was the fresnel lens but I also saved the lens. Seems like something you might want to experiment with.

    As you can see quite a manageable size though without a shutter or iris. Maybe you could cut a slot in the housing and use waterhouse stops or perhaps wet plates are so slow that you'll need to use it wide open. I don't know.

    In any case, I've got plenty of lenses for now so if you want this send me a PM and we'll figure out how to get it to you.
    I would definitely take him up on that offer if I were you!

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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I would definitely take him up on that offer if I were you!
    Definitely. Some old projection lenses are pretty cool looking. Just make yourself a lens cap with interchangeable Waterhouse stops.


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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I would definitely take him up on that offer if I were you!
    I am not one to pass up free stuff!

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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    Quote Originally Posted by C. D. Keth View Post
    Definitely. Some old projection lenses are pretty cool looking. Just make yourself a lens cap with interchangeable Waterhouse stops.


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    Waterhouse stops in the cap? Or did you mean "make yourself a lens cap AND interchangeable Waterhouse stops"?

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    Re: Lens help needed (8x10 wet plate)

    No, I meant it like that. You may find that having the aperture in front of the front element is the best place. Behind might be the best place. I doubt that lens has a slot to hold a Waterhouse stop at the nodal point so those are your non-surgical options.


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