Watch a 100-year-old camera get restored by Austrian wet-plate photographer

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The original camera and bellow (Image credit: Markus Hofstätter / YouTube)

In the last few years, analog photography has seen a resurgence. Despite film and development costs increasing, people still have a soft spot for old-school photography, and that is no less true for Austrian photographer Markus Hofstätter who has just finished restoring a 100-year-old Century No. 2 8x10 large format camera.

Like with most old things, repairing them isn’t a simple process of dropping them off at a local repair center. Often items from the past need a lot more love and attention and spare parts can't be bought off the shelf. Instead, Hofstätter did it all himself (well, with a little help from a friend). He had a custom bellow made especially, he carefully removed the old parts, preserving as many of the original parts as possible, and then put it all back together.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.