A Heads Up re: Lensboard Size

Discussion in 'Ultra Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Reinhold, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Reinhold

    Reinhold Advertiser

    Aug 20, 2003
    Washougal, W
    Multi Format
    Don't overlook the importance of a big board. Size matters.
    If you haven't noticed it; ULF collodion/wet plate photography is gaining momentum.
    A lot of cameras have undersize boards, limiting the choice of fast lenses needed for photography using slow emulsions.

    A new Meniscus lens using 150mm diameter optics is about to enter production.
    This lens should make the collodion/wet plate folks happy.
    Head & shoulder portraits on 20x24 wet plate: (without flash, just think of it...).
    16x20 and larger paper negatives for everyone will be easy.
    "Big Screen" mobile and portable camera obscuras, oooh...

    If you're buying a new camera for collodion/wet plate, be certain to specify a 200mm/8' board.
    If you're making your own camera, build it with a 200mm/8" board.
    If you're making a camera obscura, make it with a 200mm/8" board.
    If you can handle it, make the board 250mm/10" like the big fellows.
    Cameras centered around smaller boards (Sinar, for example) will not qualify.

    Just a "heads up".

  2. jp498

    jp498 Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Owls Head ME
    Multi Format
    9" is a seemingly common size, as used on the old century studio cameras and my B&J 8x10 Rembrandt.
    8" is on my 14x17 empire state camera and someone elses B&J Rembrandt 8x10.