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    Special Lense for wet plate ?

    Hello All

    I'd love to begin wet plate collodion but i have a question. DO i need a special lense ? I mean are all the lease on the market ok for wet plate ? Or do i need old lense or special lense ?


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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    Any lens will work.
    Faster lenses will be easier to work with since they will give you shorter exposure times.
    Last edited by Ari; 18-Aug-2020 at 13:17.

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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    You do not need old lenses. Modern ones work fine. f/5.6 or faster is preferable. Since exposure times are really slow, you can save money by buying a barrel lens and use the lens cap as the shutter.

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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    A lens is a lens. If using a lens that has a shutter you need to use the T or B setting.


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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    Ok thanks.. I was thinking that may be the coating could disturb the shot as the wet plate are sensitive to UV.

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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    Photographic objectives' coatings don't usually block UV. Do you think they're like eyeglasses?

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    Re: Special Lense for wet plate ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manuparis View Post
    Ok thanks.. I was thinking that may be the coating could disturb the shot as the wet plate are sensitive to UV.
    I have used many lenses, both period and modern, and I have yet to find one that has a coating that interferes with the making of a collodion plate.

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