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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Seems like Jody Ake is no longer making his holders, are/were they good?
    Ake holders FTW!

    Won't win the lightest holder but super durable and a pleasure to work with. Shame he stopped making them, I yearn for an 8x10 (real size).

    Incidentally, Chamonix are film size holders.
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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostcount View Post

    Incidentally, Chamonix are film size holders.
    Yes, about 1.5mm smaller each dimension. This is the only thing Chamonix screwed up. The only current holders I know of that are full cut are the Anton, Lund, and the very iffy Stenopeika.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    Yes, about 1.5mm smaller each dimension. This is the only thing Chamonix screwed up. The only current holders I know of that are full cut are the Anton, Lund, and the very iffy Stenopeika.


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    I don’t regard this as a “screw-up” since most of us are custom cutting plates to fit our holders.

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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I don’t regard this as a “screw-up” since most of us are custom cutting plates to fit our holders.
    Glass from Home Depot are not 1.5mm smaller. I can cut glass plates to size but I'm clumsy and I have sensitive skin.

    Big hardware store glass plates are convenient. Buy it, open it, clean it and shoot it.

    I do have the Chamonix 5x7 and 8x10 holders.
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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I don’t regard this as a “screw-up” since most of us are custom cutting plates to fit our holders.

    It means I have to add a step and buy large sheets of glass, and in winter I don't have a really good place to cut it. As is, I can go to the dollar store and buy cheap frames and just pull the glass. Much more convenient, and the only reason I didn't go with Chamonix 8x10 holders.



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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    It means I have to add a step and buy large sheets of glass, and in winter I don't have a really good place to cut it. As is, I can go to the dollar store and buy cheap frames and just pull the glass. Much more convenient, and the only reason I didn't go with Chamonix 8x10 holders.



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    Like you, I get my 1.5mm wet plate glass from the local dollar stores. However, I have found that there are at least a dozen different styles of frame in the 8x10 size, and every one of them is a different size. In fact, even when I buy the same frame style again and again, the odds are there will be a size difference of as much as 1/4 inch. And so, I am always prepared to cut to fit as needed.

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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I want to ask about washing and drying plates.

    I shoot the plates, fix 'em, and put 'em in an 8x10 tray of water.
    Then I bring the tray to a sink hooked to an old Kodak siphon washer, and wash 'em.
    To dry, I prop up the plates against something, they rest on a paper towel.

    I had thought to make a small storing/washing/drying tank from plexiglass or PVC, but there'd always be water trying to get out.
    So I've been considering this friendly item: https://www.lundphotographics.com/in...ank-small.html

    I can drill a hole in it to attach an inlet spout, and hook that up to my sink for washing.
    In the field, it can hold 12 plates, freeing up the tray while I continue to work.
    Take the rack out and dry the plates on a paper towel.

    Sound good? What do you all use?

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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I do not like a 'new' size

    Traditional plates were closely sized especially when DRY plates became dominant after 1870

    and some clean off used plates for reuse, which was done a lot historically

    Sizes of Photographs a rather complete data set

    http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/1_early/...hy_-_sizes.htm



    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I don’t regard this as a “screw-up” since most of us are custom cutting plates to fit our holders.
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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    I want to ask about washing and drying plates.

    I shoot the plates, fix 'em, and put 'em in an 8x10 tray of water.
    Then I bring the tray to a sink hooked to an old Kodak siphon washer, and wash 'em.
    To dry, I prop up the plates against something, they rest on a paper towel.

    I had thought to make a small storing/washing/drying tank from plexiglass or PVC, but there'd always be water trying to get out.
    So I've been considering this friendly item: https://www.lundphotographics.com/in...ank-small.html

    I can drill a hole in it to attach an inlet spout, and hook that up to my sink for washing.
    In the field, it can hold 12 plates, freeing up the tray while I continue to work.
    Take the rack out and dry the plates on a paper towel.

    Sound good? What do you all use?
    Gonna answer my own question.

    I had some leftover scraps of cheap acrylic (not quality stuff), just enough to make a quick 4x5 tank.
    Complicating the build is that my mitre saw is on loan to a friend who recently left on vacation
    So this was cut by hand with a small circular saw. Not the best way to cut small pieces from brittle acrylic.

    I wanted to be able to use this to keep just-fixed plates in water until I could wash them.
    Then I thought it could also be used to wash the plates, so I attached a threaded hose connector to one end.
    The result is crude but effective.

    I'll find a plastic container with a lid so I can have this in the car, filled with water.
    Anyway, here's the result.






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    Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    I want to ask about washing and drying plates.

    I shoot the plates, fix 'em, and put 'em in an 8x10 tray of water.
    Then I bring the tray to a sink hooked to an old Kodak siphon washer, and wash 'em.
    To dry, I prop up the plates against something, they rest on a paper towel.

    I had thought to make a small storing/washing/drying tank from plexiglass or PVC, but there'd always be water trying to get out.
    So I've been considering this friendly item: https://www.lundphotographics.com/in...ank-small.html

    I can drill a hole in it to attach an inlet spout, and hook that up to my sink for washing.
    In the field, it can hold 12 plates, freeing up the tray while I continue to work.
    Take the rack out and dry the plates on a paper towel.

    Sound good? What do you all use?
    For larger plates, put one of these is a plastic storage bin.



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