Small alteration on a 4x5 Gowland

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by gbenaim, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. gbenaim

    gbenaim Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    8x10 Format
    Looking through people's work on home made cameras got me thinking this is the place to ask about modifications. You folks do some impressive work, btw. I own a pocketview Gowland, made of anodized aluminum, and the back frame has rounded corners, which yield rounded negative corners. This effectively reduced usable neg area, as well as messing w your framing. So I thought of filing down the corners tto make them square, but was unsure what tool to use. I figure aluminum is soft enough that a metal file should work, and then I'd just touch up the paint w a black marker. It's a standard spring loaded back. What do you think? (I'd post a digipic but my wife's camera is full at the moment.) Thanks,

  2. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Inactive

    Aug 14, 2004
    Multi Format
    Being aluminum, I would pick up a set of small needle files and work slowly to get the desired corner shape, I know I seem to have to round the corners a bit more on the pocketview, that I do on other cameras when I make a screen for them...but with a proper set of needle files shouldn't take to much time and they will give you the control you need over a larger file.