The lens is the most important piece of equipment one needs to purchase, even more so than the camera. Typically the better quality the lens, the better quality the final image. Without doubt the beginning photographer has browsed every online forum that could be found, and kicked-tires on EBay looking for the coveted Dallmeyer, Darlot or Voigtlander, and observed prices that are worthy of a holiday in the tropics. It would seem the shinier the brass, the higher the cost. a Darlot petzval lens from 1862 You have also seen words attached to those lenses that seem a foreign language:...
In our continuing search of discovering all things collodion, we have been bombarded with the self-induced question: Does size matter?
The long-and-short of it is yes, and no.
wet plate photography is little different than digital captures, or E6 and C41 processes. Collodion at its very core is little more than another tool within the photographer’s tool chest from which to communicate a predetermined message.
Canadians have every reason to be proud of our photographic heritage. As grad-student Jim Burant wrote in his 1977 Carelton University dissertation Pre-confederation Photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia: …they had proved themselves to be abreast of the rest of the world in terms of technique, ability, and achievements.