Homemade 5X4 camera project.

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  1. ColRay

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    My new camera project.

    Over the next few months I will be making something slightly different ... From as much as possible the construction will be from recycled materials.

    The camera will be a 5x4" monorail vaguely based on the Jon Grepstad design,or it may even and up as a flat bed type

    The lens and shutter arrived the other day. Over 70 years old it's one of the 135mm Ortagoz lenes . It's condition isn't first class has paint missing and the glass has some light fungus.. or mushrooms as the guy who sold it said .


    If anyone is is interested I can post images on how it's going.
    Colin
     
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    That would be me, post away!
     
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    Please note all of the construction pictures have been taken digitally.

    All going well I will be using this camera in an art/craft exhibition with the title of 'Metamorphosis' I'm using recycled materials as much as possible, so I guess it a reverse metamorphosis. This exhibition will take place late next year. Every stage will be documented. will be so stand by for plenty of pictures.

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    135mm Ortagoz lens and shutter.

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    I pick up some goodies at the local tip shop that should be just right for the project . Also I had an old apple crate that had squirreled away has some nice old timber I could find a use for .


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    This is the first of the frames.
     
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    Great stuff so far. Recycling old wood into a camera is certainly something I can get into. Waiting for more.
     
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    The film deck is taking shape I did have one slight problem with the thin slats cupping, the spring back frame for the ground glass screen should eliminate this problem.. if not Bugger!
     
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    I'm using a slab type of construction. the end grain won't be a problem , because I will be spraying the finished camera with enamel paint that has the 'Hammered Metal Look' just like the pin hole camera I made some time back.

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    One of my homemade recycled materials cameras
     
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    The spring back frame.

    I hope there isn't a cap on the amount of images per thread.

    Colin
     
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    I love it!
    I look forward to following this thread :smile:
     
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    Thanks Steve n Steve.

    Re the spring back. No it's more like the Jon Grepstad design.
    Looking at the Razzolok back, I have use something similar on a Fotokor1 that I converted for 5x4.
    As soon as the back is finished I will post images showing better detail .
    Colin

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    My Russian Fotokor 1with very rough 5x4 conversion
     
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    Still working on the spring-back. I needed some flat spring metal and brass strips, found the bolt at the scrap yard and plenty of old saw blades in the shed.

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    I aways like looking at new camera making ideas.
     
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    +1 and I would love to try one myself sometime, but sadly I'm not the most skilled when it comes to woodworking. :sad:
     
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    This simply means that you'll build two cameras to have one :D At least it's what happened to me when I built my camera, but it's been great fun.
     
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    Hadn't thought of it that way, kind of two for one. :smile:
     
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    Plan 'B' the saw blades even after reducing the size still have loads of tension. So I had a hunt in the junk box and found some small springy material that was once part of the mechanism of a vertical blind.
     
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    A stainless steel kitchen spatula or an artist's pallet knife are good sources of springy material.


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    In car's wipers (hope this is the right word) there are two stainless steel blades that can be used as springs (it's what I used for my own project).
     
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    It is. Windscreen wipers in the UK and windshield wipers in the US.

    That's a source I hadn't thought of. Thanks.


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    The spring-back film holder and camera back. I must admit it may not be the same high constitution standard that many builders of Jon Grepstad's cameras have obtained.. but a coat of hammered metal paint will hide a multitude of sins.

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    Laurent and Steve many thanks for the extra info.
     
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    That's the focusing screen done! Next job the front stand.

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    What a beauty! Nice job, I hope to see more of your projects posted here, and maybe some pics form that camera as well?
     
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    Thanks Paul I will be posting many more of the production images.. and when the camera is finished..I will be out 'n about photographing views of Albany.. stay tuned:smile: