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    Craig T
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    Plasticca info anyone?

    I've just received my 1928 28cm Plasticca in incredible condition and just looked through it and can't believe its coverage...I think it'll cover 11x14. What an incredibly wide angle glowing meniscus...I'm going to have fun with this one

    I've got an Eidoscope as well but the specular highlights glow so unbelievably differently with the meniscus.

    The questions I've got before I do some tests are:

    1) What was the yellow filter designed for...to improve contrast? Can you shoot without it and what would the difference be?

    2) How will it behave when using with a medium like wet plate...particularly when you consider wet plate is tuned toward the blue and UV end of the spectrum while Reds are rendered as blacks?

    I'd be very interested hearing some experiences.
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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    Congrats Craig.

    I have one excately like it.

    I can't help you with the wet plate question as I don't do that my self.

    The coverage seems very big, but be careful! I actually think this was made for half plate or smaller size.
    in 13x18cm (5x7) it starte to go really crazy, and in 8x10 most of the image will be a total blur....

    which of course can be interesting/fun to have...

    here's a couple of images, made with Plasticca 28cm.

    http://www.emilschildt.com/OLD%20LENS%20images01.htm

    formats from 9x12cm to 18x24cm...

    (the yellow filter is to highten contrast)

    I am curious to see what you can do with this lens.!!

    Show us as soon as possible....

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Tuffin View Post
    I've just received my 1928 28cm Plasticca in incredible condition and just looked through it and can't believe its coverage...I think it'll cover 11x14. What an incredibly wide angle glowing meniscus...I'm going to have fun with this one

    I've got an Eidoscope as well but the specular highlights glow so unbelievably differently with the meniscus.

    The questions I've got before I do some tests is:

    1) What was the yellow filter designed for...to improve contrast? Can you shoot without it and what would the difference be?

    2) How will it behave when using with a medium like wet plate...particularly when you consider wet plate is tuned toward the blue and UV end of the spectrum while Reds are rendered as blacks?

    I'd be very interested hearing some experiences.

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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    i used mine very successfully on wet plate.

    a 280mm on 11x14? hhhhhmmmm?

    mine is 450mm!
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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    Thanks Emil!

    Yeah it is significantly stretched and distorted at 11x14 but it doesn't darken (I should have been more specific) so experimenting on 8x10 will be fun

    I figured the yellow filter would be for contrast. Pretty useless with wet plate when the collodion age determines contrast more than anything else.

    I'll post some scans soon.

    Eddie....yeah, I wanted a longer FL but this one came up for a song with its original cap and box in near mint condition so I just couldn't say no.

    You shot yours with and without the filter? Show me some plates!
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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    http://www.emilschildt.com/OLD%20LENS%20images01.htm

    Very nice work as usual Emil!!!

    I can see the pictoralist in me coming out with this lens. I'll pretend to be a poor copy of Julia Margaret Cameron for a day
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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    Note that the extra yellow filter was given up in the later 20's and replaced with a permanent yellow/beige dye in the balsam of the "achromat". Contrary to popular belief, the lens works with other than nudes. The recommended coverages are given in the catalogue at Cameraeccentric.

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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Contrary to popular belief, the lens works with other than nudes. .
    WHAT.....

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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    i cant find the plates.

    i am not sure about the "filter" while mine is yellow in color there is no removable "filter" of any kind.

    i may have given the plates away and not sure i can find them in my archives.....
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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    Craig, sorry i get into your thread, but i have also "such" a lens.
    Mine is a 500 mm f4 with the following tekst
    Portrait objectiv kronar 500mm f4 oscar simon dresden
    But it has not a yellowish look. It's just a single element lens
    "You dont take a picture, it's given to you"

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    Re: Plasticca info anyone?

    A nice lens Alex and a perfect focal length for bigger plates.

    Have you shot anything with it yet?
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