Digitising and Archiving of Glass Plate Negative Plates | Oxford UK 

Archiving and Scanning Digitisation at Oxford Duplication Centre

Glass Plate Negative Medium Format Film Scanning Format Film Scanning Solutions in Oxfordshire UK

What is a Glass Plate Negative?

Wet plate glass plate negatives were developed in 1851 by the British inventor Frederick Scott Archer (1813-1857) and silver gelatin dry plates were developed in 1871 by English physician Dr. Richard L. Maddox (1816-1902). The terminology “wet” and “dry” literally refers to whether the emulsion on the glass plate was wet when placed in a camera, exposed, and developed, or dry. Photographers had a very short time-frame in which they could use wet plate negatives, approximately 5 minutes. The dry plate method eliminated this time crunch and simplified the photographic process, which led to it very quickly replacing the wet plate method.

Our digitisation and scanning department can support public and corporate media to include glass plate negatives and lantern slides up to A3 in size.  Once scanned the negatives can be converted into digital formats such as RAW, JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF, BMP and Adobe PDF in full colour or greyscale.

All our machinery offer a  high Dmax measurement of optical density which ensures the thinner parts of film (shadows in negatives or highlights in positives) reproduces detail in the deepest of shadows.

Working with museums, historical archival companies, corporations and private clients, we can cater for small units to bulk large orders in the many 1000's.  

Professional Photographic Film Scanning Solutions

Corporate, Heritage and Consumer Photographic Film Scanning Solutions
All plates, medium format and sheet film/X-ray are scanned to their respective dpi (900-2400dpi) unless clients have a preferred requirement.

Output is to National Archive Standards TIFF
with Adobe post production tone and sharpening applied.

CONTACT cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com TEL: 01865 457000
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) GLASS PLATES 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
3¼ × 3¼ 83 x 83 lantern slides 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
3¼ × 4¼ 83 × 108 "quarter-plate" 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
4¾ × 6½ 120 × 165 "half-plate" glass plates 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
6½ × 8½ 216 × 165 "full-plate" glass plates 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) TINTYPES 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
15/8 × 21/8 41 × 57 "sixteenth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
2 × 2½ 51 × 64 "ninth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
2½ × 3½ 64 × 89 "sixth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
31/8 × 41/8 79 × 105 "quarter-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
4½ × 5½ 114 × 140 "half-plate" tintypes 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
6½ × 8½ 216 × 165 "full-plate" tintypes 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) MEDIUM FORMAT FILM 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
2.36 x 1.77 60 x 45 120 film 6 x 4.5 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 2.36 60 x 60 120 film 6 x 6 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 2.75 60 x 70 120 film 6 x 7 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 3.54 60 x 90 120 film 6 x 9 4.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00
2.36 x 6.70 60 x 170 120 panoramic film 6 x 17 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) SHEET FILM 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
4 × 5 102 × 127 sheet film 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
5 × 7 127 × 178 sheet film 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
4 × 10 102 × 254 sheet film 6.00 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75
8 × 10 203 × 254 sheet film 6.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00
7 × 17 178 × 432 sheet film 7.00 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25
11 × 14 279 × 356 sheet film 7.00 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25
8 × 20 203 × 508 sheet film 7.50 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50
12 × 20 305 × 508 sheet film 8.00 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75
14 × 17 356 × 417 sheet film 8.00 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75
16 × 20 406 × 508 sheet film 8.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00
20 × 24 508 × 610 sheet film 9.00 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25



Our offices are open Monday to Thursday 8am-4pm Friday 8am - 3pm

Our offices and large customer parking are located at the back of our premise, 29b Rear Part Banbury Road, Kidlington OX5 1AQ, behind the large green building attached, opposite Benmead Road.

Contact Us 01865 457000 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com