Classic Wet Plate Camera

I am no longer making custom wet plate cameras

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Traditional wet plate camera in solid walnut or cherry. Plateholder and lens boards are included so the camera is ready to use. (more text below the video).


The bellow has two layers with 100% lightproof materials. The camera also have a mechanical light lock in the plate holder to make sure no light leaks in.

Camera Sizes:

  • 5″ x 7″
  • 8″ x 10″
  • 11″ x 14″

Brass Hardware

All metal parts are solid brass. I use premium ball-tip brass hinges on all cameras. These hinges have a 5 year warranty.

Camera Finish

All cameras have a smooth oil based finish with a beautiful satin sheen. The camera is first treated with several coats of regular Danish oil, and two final coats with my own custom mixed oil/varnish finish. Finally the camera is given a wax polish with renaissance wax.

Dieter Schneider Cameras on PetaPixel.

If you want a custom size camera please contact me

What is wet plate photography?

Wet plate collodion is a fascinating historical photographic process from the very beginning of photography. The process was invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer and was the most used photographic process between 1851 and 1880…

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Is the lens in the picture included?

No, I recommend Ebay or Etsy. Be careful and make sure you buy from a trusted seller. Also, keep in mind that some sellers overprice lenses and call every lens they sell rare. Almost every seller on Ebay call their lens Petzval because they know these are popular among wet plate photographers, but very often they don’t have a real Petzval lens.

How long will it take to build my camera?

6-12 weeks depending on the work load. The finishing process is very tedious as I apply 5-6 coatings of oil before polishing.

Do I get a warranty?

Yes, lifetime on joinery failure, and 5 years on the brass hardware.

Can you make extra plate inserts and lens boards

Yes, please order in my shop


Tintypes by Dieter Schneider


Weight 30 kg

5×7", 6.5 x 8.5", 8×10", 11×14", 20×24"


45 cm, 75cm, 85 cm, 110 cm


Cherry, Walnut