The WP Equipment

A pretty vital part of your equipment in photography: the camera. I’ll post some photos later on from the back and the inside. First of all some background…

It’s an original 8×10″ Wet Plate camera from around 1860, accompanied by a lens from the same era. Eddie found it for me when we attended the Photo Fair in Bièvres, France, last June. I am really happy with it, it’s in a gorgeous state and it needs no modifications to make it work. The only thing “missing” is a tripod hole but I’ll figure out a way of working with that without having to screw holes in the camera.The bellow seems pretty fine so far, apart from some minor blemishes but that will be solved using a black velor cloth, which is needed anyway.

When I truly start working with this process and I figure out if it’s what I want from it, I’ll start saving up for a contemporary WP camera so this old version can be preserved. It’s almost a shame to use it, but I think, if I were to have a chance to ask the original builder, he would like it more than anything to be used and loved. At least I sure would if I’d built something. There are already enough dusty cabinets with old preciousness never seeing daylight.

Original 18-something Wet Plate Camera

Original 18-something Wet Plate Camera

As promised, although somewhat later than anticipated, the photos of the 2 backs and in addition (woehowww) the silver nitrate darkbox. One back came originally with the camera as you can probably tell by the looks of it, one was a bargain I couldn’t leave sitting around without an owner. Have to convert it a little to make it fit but, as I can tell now, is also a genuine wet plate back.

Original Back

Original Back

Original Back Inside

Original Back Inside

2nd Non-Original Back

2nd Non-Original Back

2nd Non-Original Back Inside

2nd Non-Original Back Inside

Brass Steinheil in Munchen No. 24653 Patent with lenscap, original box and lots of Waterhouse stops

Brass Steinheil in Munchen No. 24653 Patent with lenscap, original box and lots of Waterhouse stops

Brass Steinheil in Munchen No. 24653 Patent with lenscap, original box and lots of Waterhouse stops

Brass Steinheil in Munchen No. 24653 Patent with lenscap, original box and lots of Waterhouse stops

The Silver Nitrate DarkBox made by John Brewer

The Silver Nitrate DarkBox made by John Brewer

So far all glass material for storing I have gathered and also cotton balls, plastic cups, scale and so on

So far all glass material for storing I have gathered and also cotton balls, plastic cups, scale and so on

So far I think most of the WP gear or necessities I have gathered. I have not yet unpacked all chemicals that came in. Coming week I’ll probably get to that, pre-mixing certain parts of them. I have about 23 films waiting for me to develop so I’ll kind of be busy somewhat next week 😉

At least I finally have all I need now to get started. I believe a few glass funnels and a velor cloth are all that are missing now. Can’t wait to get started. Probably will pour my first plates at the workshop I am attending at the beginning of October.

Anyway, that’s it for now, the next post I’ll outline which formula I’ll be using to start with.

Good night 🙂

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