camera builders

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Rock Poper, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Rock Poper

    Rock Poper Member

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    Hiya,

    phewph, no replies yet from the kiwi's ...

    Ok - I'll try this:

    Anyone here also a keen camera builder ? I'm building a very quick, cheap and cheerful 4x5 at the mo' - would be interesting to see anyone else's creations ... trade ideas, methods, material sources etc...


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  2. wildbill

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    I'd like to see some photos of yours when you finish it. I haven't built one yet but i've built furniture and a lot of houses in the past. I want to build an 8x10 or larger so i'd love to get some ideas. I'll probably use baltic birch 9-ply plywood to start.
     
  3. Rock Poper

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    I was going to take some pic's of the cam itself once it was finished and post them in the camera building forums - its not a pretty beast as I've made most of it out of bits that have come my way and I've tried to cut down on connections by simply bending metal and also cut down on saw cuts by using the wood as it is in an efficient manner (its not my workshop) - also the 'next parts' measurements have so far all been determined by the last piece I completed (I'm careful not to machine myself into a corner tho, if that makes sense) -

    I've completed the rail (its a sort of 'duo-rail' monorail) the tilt-shift sticky-up bits (steel, aluminium and plastic-teflon material) - yesterday I completed the front frame bit and lens housing (using Fijian Kauri) - next up is the rear contraptions, no spring loaded GG for me, just a frame within a frame within a frame so I get a GG (ground glass) frame which swaps with a Ddark slide that slips into a square frame (portrait or landscape) which itself slips into the rear main-frame (standard?) -

    what is the 'standard' anyway ? the sticky-up bits, the frame system in them ? or all combined ?

    then its the bellows which i foresee being a ugly mess, but then its a camera! but I forgot first time round to make a tripod mount which is all essential as my shutter is a lens cap - should be easy tho

    A few weeks I'm thinking ...

    I had pondered it for so long, its nice now to just be doing it - and with a good workshop it is much faster and easier than you think to get it done ... I say go cheap and cheerful or it will never get finished, (or even started)

    ply sounds interesting - probably more suited for a flat-bed style 8x10 ?
    could be heavy! which is good tho for the wind/shaking issues (that mine is going to have)

    mine is really just a half-way mish-mash of the monorail style bender cam's (simple wooden construction) and the formicula (for the 'duo'-monorail system) - There are so many ways to do it ... (heh)

    http://artm-friends.at/rm/foto/lf.html

    http://www.benderphoto.com/8x10.htm

    will def send you a link once I get some pic's up (;

    thanks for the interest,
    Nick
     
  4. erwin.zeez

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    hi i m new user of this forum
    found it very interesting

    Rock Poper hi
    tell me more about the camera u want to make////
    any link or some more information about itt
     
  5. Steve Smith

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    There is a link for my current effort in my signature line. I also have some CAD drawings which may be of some use to anyone looking to build their own 5x4 folding camera. PM me for copies.


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    i have made two pinholes, too easy huh.

    also a 10x8 lensed camera out of materials costing 10 euro, i am in the process of removing any manufactured item from all my camera and darkroom gear.

    no more crappy canon or nikon for me. soulless amateur crap
     
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    Excellent. I like your use of windscreen wiper metal for the springs. Have these worked out o.k. or have you had to change them for something else?

    I have read reports of people cutting springs from stainless steel kitchen spatulas and some have even used hacksaw blades!


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    Thanks Steve !

    In fact this camera has hardly seen any use, so I never replaced the springs. They work fine if one is careful enough. I guess I could have made them a bit longer with bent ends, and they'd be OK.