Dag plate holders.

From: Robert W. Schramm ^lt;schrammrus@hotmail.com>
Date: 02/04/04-08:33:49 PM Z
Message-id: <BAY8-F16nZvmP8jw39u0003ca0f@hotmail.com>


There are still some wood 4x5 plate holders around which were designed for
glass plates. Try eBay or some seller of antique photo equipment. They work
great for 4x5 dag plates. You may have to repair them. I got a deal once on
six which had various broken parts and was able to assemble 2 good ones via
the application of some glue and trading parts.

Bob Schramm
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>From: Gregory Popovitch <greg@gpy.com>
>Reply-To: alt-photo-process-l@sask.usask.ca
>To: alt-photo-process-l@sask.usask.ca
>Subject: RE: Dags and view cams (was Re: Toyo 810G and Fidelity Delux film
>Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 09:22:53 -0500
>Hi Jon,
>That's right, film holders won't work for dag plates.
>You need something which will hold something thicker
>(dag copper plates are usually about 1mm thick) and
>won't require bending for insertion.
>The solutions I can think of:
>- try to find old plate holders. This is not easy,
> especially if you are looking for a "modern" size
> like 4x5". They usually came in plate size
> (quarter plate = 3 1/4 x 4 1/4, half plate = 4 1/4 x
> 6 1/2, full-plate = 6 1/2 x 8 1/2)
>- have some plate holders made for you (see
> http://www.geocities.com/starcameracompany/) or
> make your own. I believe Mike Robinson at
> Century Darkroom
> (http://www.blackshadowyachts.com/centurydarkroom.html)
> will also make plate holders to your specifications.
>- if you can find 8x10" plate holders, it is not too hard
> to make a reducing plate to 4x5". Some old plate holders
> I found came with reducers in them, but all in plate sizes.
>- rig a polaroid 4x5 or readyload holder so that it will
> take plates. I've done that for using 1/4 plate size
> on a Mamiya Universal, but it is not very convenient and
> limited to 1 exposure before reloading. I've also heard of
> people adapting graflex film packs.
>I would recomment using plate holders, and then make sure
>the positionning of the ground glass in the camera agrees
>with the position of the plate in your holders.
>Good luck with your dags, and let us know how they turn out.

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