Multi-Format Field Camera

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Steve Smith, May 9, 2012.

  1. Steve Smith

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    Some of you might have seen my post about building a 5" x 4" (or 4" x 5" if you must) folding camera.

    I have a spare set of bellows for my DeVere enlarger which would be perfect for a 5" x 7" camera fixed in horizontal format only (the DeVere was sold as a 5x4 enlarger but could just about do 5" x 7").

    After a bit of thinking and lots of sketching, I decided that it would be possible to make a camera around these bellows with multiple backs: Fixed horizontal 5" x 7", Horizontal or vertical 5" x 4" and horizontal only 6cm x 17cm on 120 film.

    Does anything like this already exist? I have seen a couple of horizontal only 5" x 7" cameras, I think one was a Wista.

    Whilst I'm making one camera, I might as well make two! I was debating over which style of front standard support mechanism to use, Wista or Chamonix, now I can make one of each!


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    I am sure ive seen it done also. I think if you follow cambos way of changing boards, you should be able to do what you want to accomplish.
     
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    Hint: horizontal only press cameras come with a tripod socket on the side so you can take vertical photos. A little forethought and a brass insert could neatly overcome that bellows limitation.