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Wetplate Studiocamera 50x40 (16"x20") incl. stand

€3000.00 EUR

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History: There are not many ULF studio cameras out there beyond the 14x17 range. Most of those are modyfied reprocameras which were still used up till the 1940ies. This is a very very rare survivor which dates all the way back into the 1880ies, maybe even 1870ies! This is an authentic wetplate studio camera from the wetplate era before the proccess was replaced by the dry plates.

The best part for clues is the plateholder, which still shows the authentic glass corners (which were used because of the contact with wet plates and materials), and also even shows some silvernitrate stains in some parts.

This unique piece offers a couple of advantages compared to modyfied repro cameras and also to modern made ULF cameras:

It offers swing and tilt movements in the rear, which most repro cameras dont offer. Compared with modern made ULF cameras it offers a super heavy front standard with a massive lensboard which will take all kind of crazy brass lenses you might want to mount there for portraiture use.

Condition: The camera comes in a good condition. It was very well restored at some point, yet it is not overrestored and shows some nice stains and patina. I did replace the bellows with brand new ones which will hold for the next couple of years (if not decades). The camera offers an extension of up to about 150cm, which will be more then enaugh for most lenses.

The best part here is that the camera comes with the original wetplateholder, which is still intact! It offers a format for about 51cm x 41cm in portrait and landscape mode (or 16"x20"). But you also could remove the corners to use the full 51cm x 51cm format if you wanted to.

The camera comes also with the authentic wooden stand, which offers rise/fall on both ends: front and rear. That is very usefull for composing portraits.

Due to the size and weight i will offer only domestic and EU shipping (UK might be still included here for the time beeing). If you are interested in the setup, please contact me and we will try to find a way to ship this beauty to its new home. Please dont buy it before clearing the shipping options first!

There might be an option for oversea shipping by disassembling both camera and stand in Ikea style. But im not sure i want to go this route, since it will aquire quite some work on both parts. Still i will be listending for offers.

Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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