[Darkroom] want? Daguerréotype
meowdip at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 20:09:02 PST 2010
I would love to have that camera, because of its antique-ness, but it's well
outside my price range. As Audrey said it's really just a wooden box with a
lens. I built one out of cardboard and a magnifying glass to use as the
front to my scanner camera. I would like to build a nicer one out of wood
and a better lens to use with the scanner bed, or possibly a design with
bellows instead of the sliding box. Anyway if anyone wants to build a large
format box or bellows camera I'd be happy to work on it. Also I'd be
interested in Daguerrotypes, but I don't have the time or experience to lead
anyone else in it right now. However, I could probably easily design and
build a chamber for mercury vapor that would keep the user relatively safe.
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM, Audrey Penven <audrey at lostinthenoise.net>wrote:
> That camera is a wooden box with a lens on it. There's nothing too
> special about a Daguerreotype camera. At Rayko, they've done
> Daguerreotypes in a normal large format camera. The film holder was
> modified to hold the metal plate. As long as you have a way of
> sticking the metal plate in the camera in the correct place, you've
> got a Daguerreotype camera. That "way" could be as janky as just
> taping it on. It's not at all elegant, but it would totally work.
> If anyone wants to do Daguerreotypes, I highly recommend talking to
> Michael Schindler at Rayko. I think it's an awesome process, but I
> don't at all have the bandwidth to lead a group in doing them. It's a
> highly toxic process, involving mercury vapor as the developer. I
> hear that if you do it wrong, it sucks a whole lot more than cyanide
> poisoning. So do it! but be careful!
> - Audrey
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM, John Magolske <listmail at b79.net> wrote:
> > It looks to be expensive only on account of it's antique-ness, seems
> > making such a camera would be fairly straightforward. Or, maybe just
> > retrofit a "daguerreotype film back" onto a 35mm film SLR for making
> > little medallion-sized images.
> > Brings to mind something I've wondered about... not sure what the
> > resolution and archival quality of daguerreotype is (I think both are
> > pretty good), but could this medium be used as a sort of steam-punk
> > microfiche for archiving important text files & such?
> > John
> > * Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> [100129 16:19]:
> >> Oh I wish......... That is very expensive. Are there specs online for
> >> daguerrotype cameras? I bet we could make one. Ben?
> >> -Kelly
> >> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM, Joachim Pedersen <joachimp at gmail.com>
> >> > Daguerréotype von 1839 am 29. Mai bei WestLicht Photographica Auction!
> >> > http://www.westlicht-auction.com/
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