Michael Shindler’s Ultra Large Format Tintype Camera
Michael’s giant tintype camera is built like a traditional View Camera, like the ones used to shoot daguerreotypes and tintypes over a hundred years ago. They’re composed of three basic components: a front standard, rear standard, and flexible bellows box. The front standard is a board that holds the lens and shutter at the front of the camera, while the rear standard is a board that holds the viewfinder and image plate at the back. They’re connected in a light-tight seal by the accordion-pleated bellows, which can expand and contract to bring the two standards closer or farther apart from each other. The standards can be mounted on a rail to slide to the ideal distance, and the front standard is sometimes held by a frame that can swivel and tilt to make focusing adjustments.