I've just picked up a 1913 magic lantern ("The Abbeydale" - there's a picture of one here) and I'll post some of the actual one later on. This thing is enormous, at full extents it's around 44" / 112cm long, takes a multitude of negative slide sizes and has many movements to counteract keystoning and out-of-level surfaces. I've been thinking about making another large format camera (sliding box style and glass plate negatives) when I came across this in a local antique centre. For £45 I thought it was worth it for the bellows alone... so, I'm now thinking that I might convert it to my large format camera. However, there's a little bit of me that says I should restore this... but then what? On the other hand, all the basic parts are there for a nice LF camera and I can fashion plate holders easily enough... Tell me it's OK to convert a 100-year old magic lantern to a camera David.