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Eastman full plate camera (5) | by Ron (Netherlands)
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Eastman full plate camera (5)

This photo is part of a camera restoration (see restoration photos 1-6).


The camera came in a big old leather bag and was as such not usable anymore: some broken parts were loose in the box, further the bellows were very dry and in some places loose on the seam and had stains of moisture (for all parts, restoration photo 1).

Restoring meant the following:

1. re-gluing some of the wooden parts, some parts were broken, other only loose (restoration photos 2 & 3);

2. cleaning the bellows, re-gluing the seam on some places (see photo restoration 5);

3. treating the bellows with two layers conditioner to rejuvenate the leather (luckily this camera came with real leather bellows which made restoration easier);

4. fix a broken shaft (see photo restoration 4); since there might be force on the shaft, I have secured to its base with with a screw;

5. some of the brass hardware was very tarnished, therefore I buffed them up;

6. cleaning the old ground glass (thickness is only 1 mm) - and before that sanding off its sharp edges.


The camera came with its three (still) very beautiful double wooden film plate-holders which needed only a little cleaning (restoration photo 6). Full plate means a film size of 6,5 x 8,5 inch.

The camera came without a lens, so I have to seek for one which will cover this plate-size (f 250-300mm should be adequate as a standard lens)


Although it is an Eastman camera, this one is undoubtedly made in Britain and not in the USA. According to the makers plate it was made and/or sold at 115 Oxfordstreet London by "THE EASTMAN DRY PLATE & FILM Co."

Any additional info on this camera or on its makers is very appreciated.

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Taken on August 18, 2019