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1 year ago
J0B00
I have 1 liter of plain collodion left from a large order I made almost 5 years ago... It was from Mavidon and I immediately decanted it out of the tin can it came in (they use aluminum now), into glass and it's been working like a champ ever since... No worries... Make sure it's sealed tight (I turn the bottles upside down after I fill them to let a little collodion seep into any spots where
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1 year ago
J0B00
Does anyone know if the work he was doing is posted anywhere online, or available any other way? I've got a lens that he once sent me info on, but I can't find it! I tried searching the forum posts for it as well, but I'm not having any luck...
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1 year ago
J0B00
You can also buy natural cotton from talasonline.com...it's unbleached and has had no chemicals added to it otherwise. It comes in a roll and you just tear off what you need to do a silver application and then throw away the rest.
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1 year ago
J0B00
www.piercedtin.com
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1 year ago
J0B00
I've never heard of that coffee paper before... what's the process called?? As for shooting with a 35mm, I've done it and it works really well. I haven't shot glass, but tintypes are extremely sharp and scan well for enlargements. Here's one of a toy robot I shot with an old Canon 35mm Rebel and a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens:
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1 year ago
J0B00
You may want to head over to your local Walgreens photo department... I know they get a bunch of these from people dropping off film and sometimes they save them... I bet they'd give you some if you asked....
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1 year ago
J0B00
It looks like he just made it on the back of the cover... I would have purchsed an after-market clear cover and done it on the back of the glass, then painted it black and put it on the phone... wouldn't get scratched that way!
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1 year ago
J0B00
I'm trying to get some time to scan my plates as well, but still catching up since getting back.
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2 years ago
J0B00
Nice glass! Wish I could take it off your hands, but I can't afford it right now... Somebody will snatch this up though! Good luck!
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2 years ago
J0B00
Can you post some plates shot with this lens?
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2 years ago
J0B00
Demand from wet-plate plus there are many collectors out there who sometimes have much deeper pockets...
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2 years ago
J0B00
I'll be there for sure! I already put in for vacation time at work a month ago... I hope you can make it this year Bob...would be nice to see you there. Andy
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2 years ago
J0B00
I screwed down a thin strip of edge molding over my staples to make sure the fabric didn't pull thru/tear... Worked great!
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2 years ago
J0B00
There may be something on the plates to begin with before you varnish as well... Do you wipe you plates with anything before you varnish?
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2 years ago
J0B00
It's probably dust that's has either accumulated in the pour bottle from pouring it on and off plates, or dust in the air is settling on the surface as they dry. You could try setting the rack into a cardboard box and shut the lid on the box once you finish pouring... Some people also have success eliminating airborne dust by misting the air with a water sprayer before they varnish. As well,
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2 years ago
J0B00
Pickup a PDN and look at the ads from the Photographers in there... they've all got someone representing them (most of the ads say "Represented by" in them).... Send portfolios to those people and get representation...you can do it!
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2 years ago
J0B00
Does it work well for salt prints?
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2 years ago
J0B00
I'll be there as well... Driving (as usual).
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2 years ago
J0B00
Love it! Here's is my favorite passage: "It is certain that the clever operator will sometimes make good pictures under the most unfavorable circumstances; in many cases difficulties only stimulate to ingenuity in overcoming them, and in no instance known to the writer is there a greater demand for those qualities of invention and ingenuity, which enables their possessor to rise superior to ev
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2 years ago
J0B00
1. I don't think that is an Anthony...looks EXACTLY like the American Optical I'm currently restoring... 2. The business end of the sliding back is missing, and in it's current state, you'd never get a holder to attach to the rear. 3. The brass pull for the rear standard is not original... This is just my observation, although I could be wrong...I don't think its worth anywhere near wha
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2 years ago
J0B00
Here's a good overview:
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2 years ago
J0B00
Bellows aren't that hard to make...you just have to choose the right materials and be very detail oriented or they won't fold right and will look bad. If you've got access to an old set that are trashed, take them apart and pay some attention to the thickness of the materials used to construct them. They weren't very complicated back then.
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2 years ago
J0B00
Unfortunately no, but if you can find me on Facebook, I've got a photo album that documents the entire construction of my camera, from plate holder to the finished camera.
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2 years ago
J0B00
...check out chapter 10 - "Types of Lenses"
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2 years ago
J0B00
It's possible you may be able to squeeze 8x10 out of it, but it's probably going to vignette in the corners... 8x5 means it was meant to take 8x5 plates. It's a landscape lens, so should be sharp edge to edge. You got a good deal.
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2 years ago
J0B00
If you're wanting to try and replicate a vintage Petzval design, good luck! You'd probably have to do some math and hand grind some lenses for that, as well as mount them correctly. If you are just wanting a simple lens, you could mount a single meniscus lens element in a barrel and call it a day. These types of lenses existed back then, but that "period look" you are probably referring to mo
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2 years ago
J0B00
Thanks Bruce...didn't catch that typo. Corrected.
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2 years ago
J0B00
If you handle the chemicals correctly, its no more dangerous than developing regular film. It's like handling a gun...there's no such thing as an unloaded gun. For example, for the same reasons you shouldn't point an "empty" firearm at someone and pull the trigger. you shouldn't dunk your fingers in potassium cyanide, give them a quick rinse, and stick them in your mouth. When I mix chemi
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2 years ago
J0B00
I don't think they'll totally disappear... They're getting ready to file for Chapter 11 in case their patent sales don't work out they way they are hoping...But it doesn't look good. I plan on stocking up on some film and developer next month. I for one think that the company is failing because they have gotten so far away from their core products. When I think "Kodak" I think of loading a ro
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2 years ago
J0B00
Yeah, I didn't want to use Elmers, but it was what was available at the time. I have some bookbinders glue that I usually use, but I was in KC for the weekend and we had to use what was on hand. We spread it out thin & even and let it tack up a bit before we put the paper on... Went slow and glued one section at a time... Normally I make the mat/preserver out of just the copper foil, but we decid
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