Despite this being a canon forum I felt this was a good a place as any to ask about large format kit, I'm sure some of you have a lot of experience with things like this.
This was my 21st birthday present, it's a 1903 Thornton Pickard, Triple extension, Mahogany & Brass Plate camera taking 3.25" x 4.25" glass plates (so my bit of paper tells me!)
I'd like to have a go at using this and developing at home, so I guess I need to source some sheet film, which I have found...
However I can't find any that size in the UK. I take it I could buy 5x4 film and cut it down? Also, are there any places that sell smaller packs? i.e. sample packs? I only want 5-10 sheets at the mo until I get the knack of things but they seem to be sold as 25 sheets minimum at £30 or so which is a lot to spend (plus chemicals) if I don't even know I'll get the results I'm looking for.
This is the film back that came with it. Is it a case of loading a single sheet at home, taking it out in the cartridge and exposing, then bringing it back to be developed, or can I take out a changing bag with me and take multiple shots on location (I can see this causing problems with film storage etc..! In which case should I try and source some additional film backs so that each shot can be secured and light proof?
As you can see it shoots on glass plates so I guess I'll have to bodge something in order to use film.
Any advice on setting up, technique and developing would be appreciated! Is sheet film developed in normal developing trays (as you would paper) or do I need an additional gadget?
Some more pics:
sorry, bit dusty!
shutter speed control
focus screen works!
Thanks for looking,