6x9 Sliding Box Camera

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by vickersdc, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. vickersdc

    vickersdc Member

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    I've just finished making a 6x9 sliding box camera... the only caveats for me were that it had to be cheap (really cheap), use the 6x9 DDS that I've had in the cupboard for about 5 years, and the old brass, rapid rectilinear lens also sat in the cupboard for about 2-3 years. In the end, it cost me £3.50 for the matt black paint to blacken the inside of the camera, but other than that it was 'free' - made from plywood and whatever I had knocking around in the garage!

    It's not a pretty camera to be sure...

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    But here's the second shot I made with it (paper neg, developed in cafenol).

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    You can find out a bit more about the camera, and the first image, at the Creative Image Maker blogsite (link below). I can't tell you how much fun it is to build a simple camera, shoot an image on paper then develop in coffee... and get a reasonable result :D
     
  2. zsas

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    What? She is beautiful! Congrats and inspiring!
     
  3. John Austin

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    I too think this camera is inspiring, and the price is a bonus

    Now raise its own gallery and show what you can do together

    PS edit - I have just looked at your blog and you are obviously proud of what you have done and enjoying yourself - My question is have you considered using commercial ortho film, that you can cut under red light, and using traditional MQ toxic sludge to develop your images? - My feeling is that paper negs are the limiting factor in this process - I am going to cop flak for that, but by then I will be in the darkroom for the day so won't get hit by it

    John
     
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