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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SHINY EQUAL BETTER?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SHINY EQUAL BETTER?

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:...

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SIZE MATTER?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SIZE MATTER?

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.

 

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: IS COLLODION RIGHT FOR ME?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER:   IS COLLODION RIGHT FOR ME?

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.

 

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER

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.

 

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Know your Canadian HS Tariff Codes

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Know your Canadian HS Tariff Codes

Should you be like many wet plate photographers we often buy and sell lenses and cameras for a variety of reasons.  Most often the devices being purchased are considered “antique” and when the delivery dude shows up at the door he is standing there with his hand out demanding far more money than budgeted. You feel like you are being railroaded. There will be taxes and tariffs, brokerage fees and admin fees, and what seems like a litany of other fees that can add significantly to the cost of the good being imported. This is unfortunate as the import tariff...

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