"Duct Taped" 4x5 Camera

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Josh Harmon, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Josh Harmon

    Josh Harmon Member

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    Hello!

    I recently found an old Burke and James 4x5 studio camera in my school's photo room. It was without a lens or lensboard but had everything else.

    Expressing interest, my teacher let me take it home. I managed to make a lensboard out of an old DVD cases and fit on (albeit with a lot of duct and masking tape) a Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 lens I took off an old Graflex press camera.

    I have a box of Arista EDU 100 film and I managed to develop a sheet in my normal 120 film tank. I used my own Caffenol-C recipe for the developer.

    I am surprised by the size, although I have shot a lot of 6x9. I did a quick low quality scan.

    I can read the text clearly on the screen:

    Just wanted to share my first REAL large format experience!

    -Josh
     

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  2. David William White

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    Excellent! Love it!
     
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    Chazzy Member

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    Congratulations on your ingenuity.
     
  5. Sirius Glass

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    I think that use of blue duct tape made all the difference. It might not have worked with Olive Drab or Silver duct tape. Good work. Welcome to LF!

    Steve
     
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    I like the bottle cap on the end of the cable release. :D
     
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    Another great use of Alabama chrome.
     
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    Yes, congrats on your ingenuity. Well done!
     
  9. sandholm

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    Welcome to the dark side, soon you will be caring around a 8x20 camera... :wink:

    have fun
     
  10. Whiteymorange

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    Great. Now go back and try out the press camera too. You'll find this stuff pretty addictive...
     
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    I love it... and your picture, too!!!
     
  12. Guillaume Zuili

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    Duct tape is photographer's best friend.
    :smile: