I have but one dream, to build a Hobo style 8x10 point and shoot. I have no idea.

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by camerabrain, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. camerabrain

    camerabrain Member

    Messages:
    7
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Location:
    Maine
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Hello, I have been looking for plans to build a camera very similar to the Hobo 8x10 point and shoot. I will be right up front in saying I don't really have any
    skills in doing such a thing, unless I actually have a plan in front of me which I could roughly build or get the help of a friend. These days I have to be very frugal and selective with photography so this is a perfect camera for me. I would just like to ask if anyone has any plans or rough ideas to make one of these that they would share I'd be so happy. Kind of curious what lens I would need for this as well, just looking for something simple like this so I can still get the 8x10 joy I so love. Nowadays I do contact printing and it would be wonderful to do so with a negative other than a medium format negative which seems so pointless sometimes.
     
  2. Klainmeister

    Klainmeister Member

    Messages:
    1,493
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Location:
    Santa Fe, NM
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Hello and welcome to APUG! Where are you located. The original branded "hobo" camera that was sold through Bostick and Sullivan many moons ago was an invention of a friend of mine...heck, he still might have some framing jigs left. Maybe I can put you two in contact?
     
  3. paul_c5x4

    paul_c5x4 Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,875
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Location:
    Ye Olde Engl
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    Nothing wrong with smaller contact prints - How about this wet plate camera ?
     
  4. Dr Croubie

    Dr Croubie Member

    Messages:
    1,956
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2013
    Location:
    rAdelaide
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I just googled and found this with pics of an original Hobo, I'd never heard of one, but it looks like a nice piece of woodwork.

    How about an injection-moulded plastic camera based on the Travelwide, just embiggened up to 8x10? Maybe you could convince the Wanderlust guys to make that their next project?
     
  5. camerabrain

    camerabrain Member

    Messages:
    7
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Location:
    Maine
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Well I am up in the lovely state of Maine where it is very chilly right now!
     
  6. ic-racer

    ic-racer Member

    Messages:
    7,193
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Location:
    Midwest USA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    You have never built a camera before and never used a 8x10 view camera before? These 8x10 pinhole cameras are available for less then $200 USD. I don't see how one could build a Hobo style camera for less than that if you don't have a lens and have never built a camera before. If you like it you could then adapt a lens to the camera, which might be easier than making the whole thing from scratch.
    $(KGrHqVHJBUFHyHTkOkEBR9Z36BbBQ~~60_57.JPG
     
  7. Mainecoonmaniac

    Mainecoonmaniac Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,783
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  8. ntenny

    ntenny Member

    Messages:
    2,284
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Location:
    San Diego, C
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The Hobo was intended to be handholdable, wasn't it? Pretty hard to achieve that with a pinhole or an Afghan box camera.

    The Gowland Aerial would be the other entry in the same basic niche, I think, but there can't be too many of them out there (in any format, never mind 8x10).

    -NT