Examining sacrificial J Lane Dry Plate 6.5x9cm
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OK Here we go. Opened the box under a Paterson safelight. Jason beautifully packages these plates, interleaved with paper, and four strips of spun fibre strips inside on all sides, as a cushion. So far, so good. Tried to load a Plaubel Makina Plate Holder under the safelight, it wasn't going well, so I sacrificed one plate as a "Dummy" to practice loading in the light. As you can see, very smoothly coated and perfect.
Learning to load J Lane Dry plate into Plaubel Makina Plate Holder.
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The Plaubel Makina Plate Holder has an clamping mechanism which tighten the film septum down inside the plate holder. Now after playing in the light I will simply slide the top edge of the glass under the ridge at the top of the holder. I will store and transport the loaded holders oriented dark slide down, so the plates don't slide loose inside the holder. Next order I will ask for a slightly larger size plate, but these are usuable as is. Who would know?
So now I know how to load 6.5x9 Makina holders. I've worked some with these holders using regular sheet film. Now I am ready to load some test glass plates. If I'm lucky I'll get out today to test shoot. It's a cloudless day. We will see.