All posts tagged Large Format

Universalis demonstration video

We get a great look at the versatility of the Universalis view camera in this demonstration video by Martin Vogt from Arca-Swiss, Int.

The Universalis can be ordered in DSLR, medium format, and 4X5 configurations. Conversion kits are available between the formats and all accessories are modular components as normal within the Arca-Swiss design philosophy.

This camera is our smallest view camera, but works great in studio or on location. It is easily packable for the outdoor photographer.

Video is shared by Eddie NG from YouTube. Thank you Eddie.

Sutro Baths SF Large Format Photography Meetup 6/10/2012

Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views

I am meeting the SF Bay area Large Format Photography group for a Meet-up at Sutro Baths on Sunday June 10, 2012.

The Baths
Sutro Baths opened March 14, 1896 with a $1 million pricetag — an extravagant public bathhouse envisioned and developed by the eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro. After working its way through its many lives (Playland, 1960s ice rink, etc..)— burned down while being demolished on June 26, 1966. In 1980 the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) bought the land for $5,500,000.

Sutro Baths is on the ocean on the far west edge of San Francisco, just north of Ocean Beach and south of Land’s End. It’s immediately north of the legendary Cliff House.

We are meeting in the parking lot at Cliff House at 10:00 AM.

I will have the Arca-Swiss 141 4X5 Field Camera, D4, C1 Cube, and Z1 tripod heads, plus other accessories. If anyone is interested, I will also have the new RL3d 4×5 technical camera for demonstration.

Please contact me if you need more details, otherwise, hope to see you there for a great day of photography!

Looking for 8X10 T-Max Film?

KB Canham is very close to a special order of 8X10 T-Max film in 10 sheet boxes. Pricing should be close to $75 per box, depending on the amount ordered. Shipping is not included in that price.

If you need film in the near future and are interested in placing an order, please do it right away. Once this order is sent to Kodak, another co-op list will need to be filled before the next order can be placed.

Here’s a link to find out more about placing an order for Kodak large format film.

The embedded video below is from the Kodak booth at Photokina last summer with Keith discussing his large and ultra large format film orders.


The Wet Plate Process

I’ve recently noticed many photographers investigating vintage collodion or wet plate processes. The 19th century invention of Frederick Scott Archer, wet plate glass negatives, have a look all their own. Many contemporary artists are working within the wet plate process to make some extraordinary “vintage” images in our modern time.

Collodion is a process which involves dissolving nitro cellulose, also known as ‘guncotton’, in ether.  This solution is then poured onto a well cleaned glass plate and spread around the glass by tilting back and forth until the glass plate is evenly coated.  It’s then dipped into silver nitrate and loaded into a film/plate holder while still wet.

With the camera having been already focused and readied to shoot, the holder is inserted into the camera and exposed.  This process had to be accomplished quickly, as drying out ruins the coated plate. It is then processed as a normal negative would be for an excellent result.

Because of the volatility of ether, many photographers died – in fact on average, 1 photographer died per week in the 19th century due to some facet of the wet plate process.  Another cause of death was the use of liquid silver nitrate, which left your hands blackened.  The ‘quick’ remedy to remove the black stain was to rub your hands with a cyanide crystal, potentially fatal if you had a scratch on a finger or hang nail.

The wet collodion process held sway from the late 1850’s until the 1880’s when dry plates became readily available.

Watch this excellent video filming Luther Gerlach working on location with wet plates.

Amelie and Alchemy from Konstantin Brazhnik on Vimeo.

An antiquarian man. A contemporary daughter. For 15 seconds two worlds collide and from the black arts emerges poetry.

Another video worth watching – Rob Kendrick Tintypes
Robb Kendrick – The Tintype Process

More good stuff here – Sally Mann discussing a wet plate project. Video from the NPR website:
Sally Mann, From Lens to Photo

For more information about the collodion process and other alternative processes, visit these sites:





Kodak Large & Ultra Large Format Special Order Film

Kodak™ Sheet Film

K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc. has announced that they have an agreement on pricing and minimum quantities needed for a range of special order Kodak™ films 5X7, 8X10, 11X14, 7X17, 14X17, 8X20, 12X20, 16X20, and full plate 6.5X8.5.

Film orders will require 100% pre-payment (shipping not included). Once pre-payment is received you will be placed on a list along with everyone else that has ordered the same size and emulsion of Kodak™ film (this will be referred to as a Co-Op). Once enough orders are placed to reach the minimum number of boxes needed, K.B. Canham, Inc. will contact Kodak™ and should receive the film in 6 weeks or less. Once a Co-Op is started, a deadline date will be posted for that group.

You can purchase this Kodak™ film from a dealer or directly from K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc. If you have questions regarding Kodak™ sheet film you can contact a dealer, or direct via phone or mail to K.B. Canham, or you can use this online inquiry (question) form. To find out what is currently started pre-purchases please check the status page. To place a pre-order for a film please fill out this form and send it along with your payment.

Here is a “How to order film” page for help on ordering film.

Each box contains 25 sheets unless otherwise stated. All prices are in US dollars. Once an order has been placed with Kodak™ for a film size your money is not refundable. Prices do not include shipping from K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc. to the purchaser. Shipping cost will not be collected at pre-payment, but charged later when the film has been received and an exact shipping amount can be determined. If you are interested in any Kodak™ emulsions or sheet film sizes not listed please contact them.

K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc. is only supplying sheet film from Kodak™. They will not be supplying any other types of film.