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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    What is whole plate camera?

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    What is whole plate camera?
    Its 6.5 x8.5 the term whole plate originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was the size of a full sized daguerreotype plate. Its halfway between 5x7 and 8x10.

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by nc-teesquare View Post
    It’s 6.5” x8.5” the term whole plate originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was the size of a full sized daguerreotype plate. It’s halfway between 5x7 and 8x10.
    Why use that odd size?

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Why use that odd size?
    1. Higher quality image than 5x7
    2. Lighter field camera than 8x10
    3. Great proportions
    4. Great size for contact printing
    5. Because I can

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    It's a marvelous size. I often print to WP from other formats just because I like the feel of the prints in this size. I do have one WP camera and it's easier to deal with than 8 x 10.

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    are whole plate films and glass plates historically sized to actual full plate dims

    wet plate too?
    wear mask or NOT

    is ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dugan View Post
    Why not?
    Film and print size availability? But maybe you are using it for other purposes. So that's why I asked the question. Do you use other processes beside standard film? I'm trying to be educated on what whole plate is and what photographers do with it.

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    are whole plate films and glass plates historically sized to actual full plate dims

    wet plate too?
    Yes. 6 1/2” x 8 1/2” is the standard size. I cut mine to just under that at 164 x 215 mm
    Newly made large format dry plates available! Look:
    https://www.pictoriographica.com

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    Re: Chamonix Whole Plate Camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Film and print size availability? But maybe you are using it for other purposes. So that's why I asked the question. Do you use other processes beside standard film? I'm trying to be educated on what whole plate is and what photographers do with it.
    Whole plate is simply a format. The nominal size is 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 and the the actual film size is 6 7/16 x 8 7/16. As far as print size it is no different than other formats. You can contact print, optically enlarge, or scan. With scanning you have several options for output.

    Personally my limited work with whole has been black and white and contact printing. I do hope hope to shoot more whole plate in the future, as I recently got new bellows for my camera and my recovery from hip surgery and subsequent nerve transfer surgery for drop foot is coming along.

    Roger
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