Wet Plate Collodion 5X7 View Camera Mahogany Red Bellows Conley Lens outfit NICE. For your consideration: This is a nice period camera for doing wet plate photography. The camera is unmarked but one of the holders was marked as for use with the Eastman Home Portrait Camera. The camera wood has a wonderful patina and the brass has beautiful "tiger" etching marks. The red bellows are original; they are in excellent condition and light light. The bellows are not cracked or have pinholes. All the movements work as they should. The camera has an interesting focus hood, which is original to the camera. The Hood folds out so that focusing can be done from the side. The mirror shows its age, but can be replaced if one desires. I have not done anything to the camera other than check it out and clean it. Everything is original to my knowledge. The camera is nice and solid and presents well. The Lens is a 10 Conley Portrait lens for 5x7 and is in nice condition. The aperture operates smoothly, and the lever for opening and closing the lens operates as it should.
Please note: I do not know if the shutter piston for an air bulb works. I hooked up an air bulb but it did not open or close. As stated, the lever works as it should and would be best for long exposures. The lens is nice and clear with no noticeable/visible lens separation; only the normal cleaning marks for lens of this vintage. Because of the oversized 5x7 holders, I modified TWO (unmarked/branded) of the three existing plate holders to accept wet plates.
They will accept a cut glass size of approximately 6-13/16 x 4-15/16. Each of two plates have an insert w/ brass spring to hold the plates or metal flush against the exposure plane. The insides of the holders have been painted with black oil based paint and coated with polyurethane to protect the wood. Included with the camera are two NEW 5x7 wet plate collodion tanks. Handmade Wet Plate Collodion 4x5 tank with insert and dipper.
The dipper is used to agitate and hold the glass plate during processing. The outer tanks are made of pine and stained with red mahogany stain and coated with polyurethane. The lids are double hinged and have a draw catch on the front to keep the lids secure while your plates are being processed. The tanks can be inclined back; a hinged bracket holds the tanks secure. The tanks are handmade in America. Because the tanks are not assembly-line produced, no two are alike. The glass dry rack is made of cherry wood, stained with cherry wood stain, and coated with polyurethane. This is a great camera for doing wet plate photography. Everything is included (except chemical and glass) to get started. 1 - Unmarked 5x7 Large Format Camera w/ original side focus panel. 1 - Standard period piece 5x7 Film Holder that fits the camera. 2 - Modified 5x7 Holder to accept Wet Plates w/ spring insert. 1 - Conley 5x7 Portrait Lens f/5. 1 - Cherry Wood Dry rack for 5x7 plates. 2 - 5x7 Wet Plate Processing tanks with inserts and dipper for each tank. For those who are interested in the camera as a historical piece and not interested in wet plate photography, please contact me and I can adjust the listing accordingly. Please contact me if your require additional information or pictures. Pictures are part of the description. Camera and items will be packed well for protection. The item "Wet Plate Collodion 5X7 View Camera with Red Bellows and Conley Lens NICE" is in sale since Thursday, December 3, 2020.
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