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    Dry Plate Availability

    Not sure if this is the correct place to post this thread (the Wet Plate board didn't seem right) so, moderators please move if necessary.

    Per communication with Jason Lane, yesterday, and per the notice on the home page of his website, he doesn't plan on producing dry plates until early 2023. I've checked with all the third-party suppliers of Jason's plates and other than one box of 8x10 at Blue Moon Camera everybody is sold out.

    In the past, I've used Zebra Dry Plates (and like them) but the shipping cost to the US is a jaw dropping amount for several boxes. What are you other dry plate shooters doing when you need plates? Are you coating your own?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    You might have to give wet plate a try until Jason is back shipping.


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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    Smaller sizes 1 box at a time are affordable

    I do plan to coat my own

    several ways

    to test
    Tin Can

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    Iíve been coating ( and making my own emulsion ) off and on since around 1986. If a goofy kid with no formal or informal training can do it, a serious persOn with places like the light farm, Denise Rossí book and other internet resources &c. can do it ez-pz. .

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    One of the tinkerers around here should make a small curtain coater.

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    Thanks, all, for the replies. I've read the online stuff at The Light Farm and plan to try coating my own. Even if I don't have any success, it will be way more fun than simply buying them.

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    from what I read if you want to bypass the glass man
    get good at cutting glass and buy dollar store picture frames
    at a 25Ę/4x5 it's almost worth doing it just for that ..
    im no good at cutting glass so I give my glass company the $..

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    Quote Originally Posted by jnantz View Post
    im no good at cutting glass so I give my glass company the $..
    Neither am I! I, too, will give my $ to the local glass company.

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    I’ve been coating my own dry plates using the Foma Liquid Emulsion. It takes some learning to get a good coat of emulsion, but it’s quite feasible.

    Nejc/Lost Light has a good (basic) how to tutorial on YT: https://youtu.be/jyiOe6vQyaM

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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    I’ve been coating my own dry plates using the Foma Liquid Emulsion. It takes some learning to get a good coat of emulsion, but it’s quite feasible.

    Nejc/Lost Light has a good (basic) how to tutorial on YT: https://youtu.be/jyiOe6vQyaM
    Thank you. I've watched Nejc videos and he explains things in simple terms that even I can understand. I plan to start simple and see where the experience leads me.

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