That old Watson wet plate camera…

Its not seen the light of day for a while but I’ve been re-assessing how many cameras I actually need. So I thought I’d give this one an airing today.

Its a great little camera, well I say little, its a heavy lump of a camera.

It supposed to be for shooting whole plate but without the inserts it can shoot a 9″ ish square plate.


Heres a clear glass ambrotype (wholeplate)


And a black glass wholeplate. Turned out a pretty messy plate for some reason compares to the previous clear glass plate.


Ross Xpress 14 inch lens f4.5 for 2 minutes.