|Whole plate dovetail camera from 1800s|
Large format cameras, the type with bellows and rear ground glass for focusing, are the kind of cameras most commonly used for wet plate photography, although I have seen Hasselblads, and even 35mm cameras adapted to use wet plates.
|Spring backs with ground glass|
|8x10 Eastman Kodak No. 2 camera owned by Peter DaSilva|
I just started collecting enough flashes and will soon shoot wet plates with studio strobes, although I do like using vintage period lenses and hundred year old cameras.
|4x5 Press camera|
Joseph Petzval was a mathematician who managed to create a fast lens that embodied the look of an era, and would be widely imitated and reproduced.
Check out this modern take on the Petzval lens: http://microsites.lomography.com/petzval-lens/
|Wollensak Vitax Petzval lens. This monster weighs in at almost 6 pounds. Click on picture for larger image.|