Wet Plate Dreams (a long story short)
I discovered the wet plate process in the early 2014, or lets say the process discovered me. Since my budget was rather limited at that time, i used a small cheap Rapid Rectilinear, which came with my smallish first 13x18 camera. Since my studio offered only limited sunlight potential i soon switched to fast and affordable projection lenses, like the Leitz Leica Hektor. Why i didnt use the real authentic brass lenses you ask?
Well, at that time Petzval lenses were quite expensive and a rare sight, even on the global ebay market. Most lenses were traded between a handfull of 'insider' people. And with the few that were offered o ebay it was somewhat a game of luck, since most sellers had no clue about the lenses they sold. What kind of lens layout is it: an aplanat, a triplet or a even petzval? Is the lens they are selling is complete, is it functional? More then one time i won a bid on ebay, just to be disappointed by the product. I felt that im not the only one beginner in the wet plate world, that had this kind of hard time. Thats why i decided to change that.
In the coming years i spent alot of effort, time and money to widen my knowledge about antique lenses and cameras, establish relationships with reclusive collectors and an ebay shop which had a 100% positive feedback rating. In recent times ebay made it harder and harder for private sellers to maintain a solid stand in the digital world. Thats why i decided that i would leave the site and offer my stuff privatly on this site.
Welcome to my small antique lens and wet plate vault. Feel free to roam, get exited by all those brass beauties and ask questions about the items im offering. All prices are set! unless mentioned different in the description. Please dont waste my and your time by asking again and again for a discount. On the other hand i always try to provide the least but still safe (tracked and insured) shipping method. I will also combine shipping, so if you buy more items, i will find the lowest shipping rate.
Here you can see just a part of my 100% positive feedback on the ebay account:
you can also find the ebay account here: inomine