Dry Plates for replicating photographic techniques and results from the 1880s! Wonderful glass plates, a true piece of history for the modern world.
Please note a couple of important points and there is much greater detail on recommend usage and tips below the specs table:
- these plates are designed to fit dry plate holders which are different from sheet film holders - please ensure you are using the correct equipment to get the great results!
- note the ISO is very low :-) if you're after something a bit faster check out the J Lane Speed Plates (ISO 25)
|Quarter Plate: 3.25" x 4.25"
More Details for J Lane Dry Plates
These plates are coated with an ultra fine-grain emulsion sensitive only to UV and blue. Contrast is moderate for printing with modern papers, and the long toe preserves shadow details for scanning. As with other primitive processes, the effective speed of the plate will vary depending on actual UV levels. The emulsion has been designed to meter at ASA 2 under early spring northward lighting at moderate latitudes, but expect actual speed to vary by up to a stop or more.
OPEN BOX ONLY UNDER SAFELIGHT!
The unexposed plates can be viewed and loaded under any darkroom safelight suitable for photographic paper. A locating notch similar to that used for sheet film is provided for locating the emulsion side of the plate. Orient the Plate with notch at top right and emulsion will be facing you.
Tray Develop under safelight 5 minutes at 68°F in HC-110 Dil B.
Developing by inspection, do not pull the plates until details are visible in the shadows.
- 30 second agitation at start
- 15 second agitation every 1 min after.
Acid or water Stop 30 seconds.
Rapid fix, same as for film, constant gentle agitation
- Fix for double the clearing time, approximately 4 minutes
30 second water bath rinse
Hypo clearing wash 4 minutes if desired
Gentle agitation rinse in room temperature water
- 5 minutes if hypo washed
- 10 minutes if not hypo washed
Final dip rinse in photo-flo solution, set vertically to air dry.
Emulsion will be visibly swollen and shiny while still wet.
The non-emulsion “glass side” may have excess emulsion remaining from the hand-coating process. After developing, this excess emulsion can be removed with dilute bleach, disinfecting wipes, or equivalent. Easier to remove when wet.
Where we ship
When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your J Lane Dry Plate (Quarter Plate ISO 2) today and dive back into the fun of dry plate film photography!
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The story goes that in the 1950s my late father made a quarter plate camera from bits of pre-war cameras and parts of his own devising. He stopped using it in the mid 60s believing that glass plates were no longer produced. I took up the camera in 2017 and gave it a but of a test run with some 50s plates sourced from that auction site before finding out that Jason Lane hand makes brand new plates, and at a reasonable price! So I bought a pack and took the opportunity of the first "Lockdown" in England to do lots of photography in local countryside. Including shooting a few glass plates. The 2ASA means 1/10 second even in bright sunlight, so most users will be taking a tripod on their travels. These are orthochromatic so have a real 19th century look to them. The quality of the coating is excellent and the notches on the glass mean that loading them in the dark is easy. They're packed very well (mine flew over from the USA before I realised AW sell them) and are a unique product in this day and age. If you're up for the challenge, give them a try. Also see "Speed plates" at 25ASA.
The photo attached is from said unique camera, f4.5 1.10 second hand held 20th April 2020. Developed in ID-11 stock for 9 minutes in a vintage "Envoy" plate processing tank. Fix 5 minutes in Adofix P.
I have already shot two boxes of J Lane Speed Plates and decided to try these out to see the difference. The emulsion is not the same as the speed plates which are Orthochromatic. I downloaded an exposure compensation graph from Pictoriographica, which is Jason's website . This allows you to take into account the levels of UV light present at the time of day and the time of year when exposing. This proved to be pretty good and the first two plates came out very well indeed. Developed under safelight as instructed I am very happy indeed with the results. If you ever fancied giving plate photography a go, this is the perfect way to start. If you do your homework, there should not be any unpleasant surprises.........