Lea Formula 3 Portrait Collodion 450mL

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450mL

Lea Formula 3 is the most stable collodion known to man.  It takes about 5-6 months to ripen, but once ripe it will give you consistent plates for months and months.  12 to 18+ months is not unreasonable for this collodion to remain stable.  

Made in small batches, and only available when ripened.

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  • Provides good contrast under Studio Lights or Overcast Sky
  • Wonderful delicate tones 
  • Slow ripening formula 
  • Ripened for several months so that you can use it right away
  • Gets better with age, and remains stable for a year or longer

  • The second image shows how 18 month old Lea Formula 3 performs. 
  • The third image shows what 18 month old Lea Formula 3 looks like.

Advantages of a stable Collodion: uniform photographic characteristics throughout its life, reduced variation in a process fraught with variation, and no waste due to discarding old material.

In choosing a collodion, a photographer should be guided by the purpose for which it is to be used.  As with most things, a solution can be found that fits all desired uses, but it will not be as thoroughly suited as one intended for a specific use.  Things to consider:
What will you be shooting?
Where will you be shooting?
Amount & type of light?
Will you use up the collodion quickly?
Do you want a collodion that is stable & consistent over a long period of time?

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Lea Formula 3 Portrait Collodion 450mL

Lea Formula 3 Portrait Collodion 450mL

450mL

Lea Formula 3 is the most stable collodion known to man.  It takes about 5-6 months to ripen, but once ripe it will give you consistent plates for months and months.  12 to 18+ months is not unreasonable for this collodion to remain stable.  

Made in small batches, and only available when ripened.