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Handmade Wet Plate Cameras

Each camera is individually handmade using the same techniques that would have been used in the 19th century, no computers or automation just traditional cabinet making.

Handmade Wet Plate Cameras

Each camera is individually handmade using the same techniques that would have been used in the 19th century, no computers or automation just traditional cabinet making.

The Classic Tailboard Camera

Based on cameras dating back to the 19th century and the wet plate era.

Made from solid hardwood such as cherry, mahogany and walnut.

Traditional joinery such as hand cut dovetails, bridal joints and tongue & groove.

Solid brass fittings used throughout.

Oversize lens boards combined with the fixed front standard allow the use of heavy petzval lenses.

Dedicated Wet Plate Holder

Each camera includes a dedicated wet plate holder, based on period designs however there are a couple of modern improvements to ensure optimal performance.

Rotatable, interchangeable inserts allow multiple plate sizes in one holder.

Mechanical light trap and removable dark slide.

Plates are held just at the corners which helps reduce contamination giving you cleaner plates.

Simple to attach and remove from the camera using pins to locate.

Prices

Camera Size Plate Size Price
4 x 5 4 x 5 inches (102x127mm) £595 GBP
5 x 7 or Half Plate 5 x 7 or 4.75 x 6.5 inches (127x178 or 121x165mm) £995 GBP
Whole Plate 6.5 x 8.5 inches (165x216mm) £1245 GBP
8 x 10 8 x 10 inches (203x254mm) £1495 GBP
10 x 12 10 x 12 inches (254x305mm) £1745 GBP
11 x 14 11 x 14 inches (279x356mm) £1995 GBP
14 x 17 14 x 17 inches (356x432mm) £2495 GBP

 

What is included with the camera…

  • A plate holder with rotatable insert (portrait or landscape) for the chosen plate size plus an insert for a smaller size, for instance on the 8x10 camera an insert for 5x7 is popular allowing a bit of flexibility on plate size.
  • Two blank lens boards.
  • Folding tailboard on Whole Plate cameras and larger.

Extras…

  • Additional plate holder inserts can be supplied in any size you wish including panoramic and square sizes.
  • Additional lens boards can be supplied, if you already I have a suitable lens I am happy to drill the lens boards to suit.
  • Camera movements… as standard my cameras have no movements other than focusing, however it possible to add rear tilt, rear swing and front rise at an additional cost.
  • Folding tailboard… cameras whole plate and larger have a folding tailboard however it is possible to add this to the 5x7 and half plate if required.

What is NOT included…

  • No lenses are included with the cameras, any lenses shown are for illustration purposes only. I can sometimes supply lenses, depending upon the size of the camera. Please contact me with your requirements.
  • Shipping, I usually use UPS and prices range between £25 and £125 GBP depending upon your location and the size of the camera, please contact me for an more accurate price.

Contact

If you would like to order a camera or require further information please feel free to send me a message.

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