Glass plate cameras

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  1. gtaylor

    gtaylor TPF Noob!

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    I've been studying vintage cameras and have a question about glass plates used in old cameras.

    Once the image was captured on the glass, then I assume developing was similar to the process used to develop film. Sounds really expensive; new glass every time an image is captured. ?

    Care to enlighten me?

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    yes new glass every shot. developed as with film. the glass is coated with light sensitive silver chemical, that is developed and printed.
    Hope that helps
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    Glass plates are still available from Slavich.

    Back in November I saw a demonstration of Ilford's glass coating machine which was quite impressive. They make specialist scientific plates still.

    I also have a box of 9x12 plates, back in the UK, and 5 cameras that take them :D
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    Any plate camera can also take film, you can adapt the plate holders.

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