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TinTypes on Pressman

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by nastypiranha, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. nastypiranha

    nastypiranha Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys

    I've got a craving to try out tintypes and done the normal watching videos, reading as much as I could about getting started! whats needed, where to source chemicals and fixer boxes etc but one thing I've noticed is they all seem to be using Cameras with a fixed aperture lens with a cap to control exposure. While I just have the kodak flash supermatic f/4.7 with cap. which I'm sure would be fine, but thought i'd ask what you guys and gals thought as a post I came across had a user wanting to do the same and said he had a LF to knacker up? and it got me thinking why would he have to knacker up a LF to do tintypes.
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    i expect it is because a large format camera takes a film holder. You have to find some way to support the recording medium while you make the exposure and a focussing screen so you can see what you are doing. Medium format and. smaller cameras have backs designed to take roll film.
  3. nastypiranha

    nastypiranha Well-Known Member

    From what i saw most of them just get the film holder and remove the middle metal plate and then just insert the tin into it and shoot it like normal 4x5. So that's what i was planning on doing and then just using my lens at f/4.7 and using the lens cap to control exposure but i do always have the option of bulb mode. So I couldn't figure out why he was going to knacker a LF when the only thing i can see which would be modded would be the film holder.
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I would think the same. I've never looked into it. I have no idea what a Kodak flash supermatic is - I read your initial post as asking why you needed to use a LF camera.
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  5. nastypiranha

    nastypiranha Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the confusion Pete, I think I got ahead of myself and distracted. Many of the tintypes video I have watched I've noticed are basically using large format cameras but the lens is different. So I thought that any LF camera would do with any lens and a modded film holder (In my case it would be using the Busch Pressman Model D) and not having to be like the lens set up of the camera pictured.

  6. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    You're right. There is no reason.

    See also http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps large.html

    You should be able to work out from there what is needed.


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  7. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    If your shooting large format , no need to modify a film holder , just get a plate holder .
    Easy enough to find on ebay.
    I've got some for 5x4 and will be getting some glass cut to size in the new year and coating my own with an assortment of concoctions .
    For supplies to coat your plates see the following websites .
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  8. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    The 5x4 plate holders I have are the MPP 4x5 inch plate holder and 4x5 inch cut-film adapter loaded with film shown half way down on the page Roger linked to on his website .
    Very usefull .
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  9. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I did some of this over the summer. We cut up a film holder to put the coated tin plate into, used whatever lens happened to be on the borrowed LF, opened up to max aperture, and my hat as a means of controlling the exposure time. NO need to knacker up the camera itself at all.
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  10. nastypiranha

    nastypiranha Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the information and links Rodger, neilt3 and Geren.

    I couldn't think of any reason why you would need to adapt the Camera, maybe just poor wording on his behalf (I'm guilty of that :) )

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