Pix of your home-built cams, mods and creations here please (part 2)

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Sean, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. noyart

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    Hello! New to the forums :smile:
    I'm been thinking about making my own camera, but wondering, when using a lens... is there a pinehole behind the shutter unit? or how do it even look inside your camera?
    Also when taking large photograph, what do you use for film?
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    Large film!

    Most of the DIY cameras being discussed here are the folding field camera type (unless I'm mistaken). Most commonly, these use 5" x 4" or 10" x 8" sheets of film.

    This type of camera is also normally used with a lens with integral shutter but they can also be used with a pin hole (no lens) or barrel lenses without shutters where some ingenuity is required to control the light.


    EDIT: Actually, I assumed incorrectly. There is a good mix of all sorts of formats in this thread.

    For some ideas, have a look through the 'workshop' section here: http://www.raymentkirbycameras.co.uk/


    Steve.
     
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  3. Steve Smith

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    Whilst it isn't finished, I thought I would post a picture of my current 5x4 camera build. Today it stopped looking like a pile of wood and brass and started looking like a camera. Hopefully not long now until I can start using it. I think I need to do something with the bellows though.

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  4. Ezzie

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    Very nice Steve

    This is probably cheating, as it isn't my design. It is a kit, some of you may have seen discussed here and there. The DUO by Kevin Kadooka. I assembled mine last weekend, painted even. This is how it turned out:

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    My Duo x 7 by Eirik0304, on Flickr
     
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    Here is my plywood sliding box in a box camera. There is a salvaged 4x5 graflok back on the ... back. There is a 90mm Angulon lens on the front. It is painted black now. I've developed a sheet of film, and still need to track down a light leak, probably the worn felt on the graflok back.

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  6. StoneNYC

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    Lego box camera :wink:
     
  7. frank

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    Ha, ha, cool Lego camera!

    Just don't drop it.
     
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    That's cool Stone. Is it light tight enough?
     
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    Well, the initial design that I was going for would certainly have been like tight, with a double wall, however unfortunately this is part of the MSA which was due on the first, and without discussing it in detail, I was unable to access APUG until the first, and only found out that I would even be able to do that on the day before, so I build this in a rush and only had so many Legos to play with, and also I had the little one in the background and so as I said someone else I think I couldn't exactly take her pink Legos because that would not go over so well so I had to work with the materials at hand, so it became a fixed Focus box camera rather than a focusable Lego camera, and also meant that it would only have a singlewall rather than a double, which allows for cracks within the Lego pieces for like to get through. I was certainly aware that this is going to happen at the time, and just figured it was for fun and so I just took two send pictures the first of which was very not like tight and had a lot of streaking, and the second wasn't awful, but unfortunately I couldn't go back enough with the camera sitting on the table and didn't have enough time or Legos to build it farther from the focal point of the Polaroid film I was using, so I knew that the image was going to be a little bit blurry, but it was all for fun so I did it anyway here's the image, I stopped down as much as I could and still have a one second exposure which was the longest that I could get the little one to sit still for as well as the person aiming the camera wouldn't be able to do a bulb exposure properly. If I could have stopped it down to say f/45 I certainly would've had a much clearer image but just didn't have the time for that.

    The first light leak exposure

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    The second less lightly exposure

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  11. Truzi

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    Does the kid get her legos back, or is the camera yours now? :smile: Cool project.
     
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    Well, the Legos are mine... From when I was a kid, but I share them with her :wink: the camera is no longer...
     
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    My kid left his legos here when he moved out. I gave them to my next door neighbor for his grand children. This was about 10 years ago. My kid is 39, I don't think he will be missing them.:D

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    A 6x24 anamorphic pinhole camera, made out of a casket for a bottle of Tommasi rispaso red wine. A friend of mine used the case to send a load of film to me a few weeks back. The opening in the front covered with cardboard and a picture of a pinhole on it. He meant it as a joke, but I took it seriously :wink:

    Here it is:

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    6x24 Pinhole by Eirik0304, on Flickr

    A brief description of the not too complicated build: http://on-your-kitchen-worktop.blogspot.no/2014/02/6x24-pinhole-camera.html

    And some test shots

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  16. Steve Smith

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    Aaaaggghhh!!! Americans and Lego.

    It's Lego, not Legos!!!

    The Lego website even has a whole page pointing this out.

    Looks good though!


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    In our defense, we're using it as a noun, not company name (and yes, it is still incorrect).
     
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    Lego my ego.

    (That might be an American thing too.)
     
  19. himself

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    finally got around to making an 8x10
    the frond is made from the FP shutter of a 3x4 speed graphic and it has a sprung rotating back

    all in it weighs about 3.5kg, but almost half of that is the lens, so it's pretty transportable.

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    the only thing left to do is make the film holders.
     
  20. bvy

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    Impressive. And the bellows probably match the curtains.
     
  21. himself

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    thanks.

    they match the duvet cover actually :smile:
     
  22. StoneNYC

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    I like how the knobs for the standards appear to be wooden? Nice touch.
     
  23. himself

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    yeah, just a simple piece of pine with threaded bar screwed and glued in.
    it was easier and quicker to just make them with wood that was lying around than buy some, and then fit everything around them
     
  24. Steve Smith

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    It's still not quite finished, but today, my 5x4 folding field camera exposed its first two sheets of film.

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    After a couple of false starts when I didn't like what I was building and I started again, this has been in progress for a couple of years. It still needs a few things before I can consider it finished.


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  25. Ezzie

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    Congrats Steve. Exceptionally well done!
     
  26. Steve Smith

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    Thanks. I'm pleased with it.

    I was also pleasantly surprised when I processed the film and actually had images without any evidence of light leaks. When I made my 6x12 camera, the first two films came out completely black!


    Steve.