Salvaging lenses from office copy machine?

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  1. Eugen Mezei

    Eugen Mezei Member

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    Hello!

    We have a copier here that will be thrown away. It's fairly old and repairing doesn't make sense. On the other side, it can go up to A3. More specifically it is a Ricoh FT 4215.

    Thought I will look for lenses inside it. Any idea where to look? Do all office copier have salvageable lenses in them?

    Greetings,
    Eugen
     
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    I don't know about lenses but (new-ish) copiers can have hard drives in them with an archive of the things that have been copied. Could be some interesting stuff there. Since a lot of this kind of stuff is assembled by semi-skilled labor it's probably fairly modular so just keep taking it apart until the novelty has worn off. You'll find something.
     
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    Google "copy scope". You can make a not-too-bad telescope from a copy lens.

    Also, stepper motors, optical sensors, switches, etc.
     
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    I didn't know that. Who knows how many people's butt pictures might be stored on that?:D
     
  5. Eugen Mezei

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    @semi-ambivalent: This is an old copier, no HDD for shure.
    @Peter Simpson: It is exactly what I did. (Well, one could buy such lenses for cheap but the sellers I found are sitting on the wrong side of the pond.) Unfortunately I don't see anything looking like a lens, but maybe I search in the wrong part of the guts of the copier. That's why I need advice.
     
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    I have a Xerox lens, but I haven't used it yet. I'm waiting on a back for the Speed Graphic and then I'll take a few frames.

    Basically, it's heavy and it only goes down to f/16. It *looks* like it would cover 4x5, but I'm not quite sure yet. I won't be until I take photos with it.

    I would probably say no, though, it isn't worth it. Most won't fit in a shutter and it'll be a novelty thing at best.
     
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    Photo Copiers changed how they imaged over time. Originally the whole sheet imaged at once. Then the whole with as a travelling stripe was imaged.
    Most recently they scanned, and I am not sure how the image for the scan was formed. Our most recent one seemes to scan with the array no more than an inch from the platten glass.
     
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    Its not that old and it is a laser copier. I'll bet there's nothing in it that will function as a lens on a camera. Why don't you dismantle it a little?