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Early Photo Sizes

Early photo sizes varied far more than today, plate cameras particularly early on were handmade and to the size the photographer wanted. As all prints were made by a contact process, before enlargers, the negative had to be the same size as the finished print.

We have not included all the individual odd sized plate cameras you can find in collections and museums, but have concentrated on the more common and manufactured sizes.

This page includes individual sheet and plate sizes as well as cut film. R

oll film can be found in List of Film Sizes   and a cross reference of film numbers across manufacturers in Cross Reference of Films  

Imperial Sizes

Size (in inches)

Type

1⅝2⅛

"sixteenth-plate" tintypes

22

"ninth-plate" tintypes

23

sheet film

23

"sixth-plate" tintypes, plate and also cut film was available often used in cut film holders in plate cameras. Some were 2.25 by 3.25.

34

sheet film

3⅛4⅛

"quarter-plate" tintypes

34

"quarter-plate" glass plates

35

postcard or 3A

45

glass plate, sheet film  A common size for many uses, ie postcard production

46

"half-plate" glass plates, sheet film

45

"half-plate" tintypes

410

sheet film "banquet" format

57

sheet film

717

sheet film  "banquet" format

820

sheet film  "banquet" format

86

"whole-plate" glass plates, sheet film, tintypes

10x8

glass plates, sheet film

1114

sheet film

1220

sheet film  "banquet" format

1417

sheet film

1620

sheet film

2024

sheet film

 "banquet" format was used by cameras that rotated on a stand to take large groups, schools etc. As the camera was spun from one end of the circle around to the other it was possible for people to leave one end to join the other being in the photo twice.

Metric sizes

Size (in cm)

Type

6 x 9

plate and cut film (2.25 by 3.25 inches)

6.5 9 sheet film

9 12

glass plate, sheet film

10 15

sheet film

13 18

sheet film

18 24

sheet film

24 30

sheet film

 Polaroid Instant Photos

Designation

Type

Type 37

Polaroid roll film cartridge

Type 47

Polaroid roll film cartridge

Type 88

Polaroid flat film cartridge

A lot of the information for this table came from Wikipedia.

If you have additional information then please let us know.


See Also:

Cut film holders on Wikipedia

 


By: Keith Park   Section: Photography Section Key:
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