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03-19-2012, 04:16 PM
The only real question I have is how do you determine the distance from the lens to the film plane and how did you adjust focus initially? Ground glass?

03-20-2012, 07:53 AM
Got some photos Jeff???

05-15-2012, 08:47 PM

Can you kindly post a picture showing inside with back off?

Thank you.

Koo Young

05-15-2012, 10:34 PM
Not Jeffs but it most likely something like this

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6026/5879474241_88c4dcbc84.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isisford/5879474241/)
6x17 MkIII-11 - inside both (http://www.flickr.com/photos/isisford/5879474241/)

05-15-2012, 11:06 PM
Interesting, Shane.

No pressure plate(s) needed?

05-16-2012, 01:32 AM
Interesting, Shane.

No pressure plate(s) needed?

No, there is a pressure plate. Just not in that photo. Its a piece of plastic attached the back that fits between the guide rails with double sided tape and 6mm foam that goes around doors for draft stopping and hole in right spot to see the film numbers

05-16-2012, 08:18 AM
Very nice. As an engineer, I love the design and all the Allen head screws. Does the lens give full coverage across the full width? I assume it must or you would use something different.
Also, what is the brass tube fitting on the back? I'm sure there are no hydraulics involved.

05-16-2012, 04:46 PM
I think its a stop which can be screwed out to check frame numbers.

05-16-2012, 11:28 PM
To SMBooth,

Thank you for the pictures.
I suppose that is the camera you've made.
It looks very nice,can you tell me ,briefly,how you made the backs?

I'm mostly interested in how you bend/join the side walls.

Koo Young

05-20-2012, 05:09 PM
To Shane:

Thanks for your advice.

In the picture above,is the film transport aluminum or PVC?


Koo Young

07-01-2012, 10:04 PM
I just thought I would share my finished(for now) 6x17 and pics. It has tilts and swings and a ground glass that switches out for the film back. The blog just kind of picks up pieces of the building and design process along the way.

09-01-2012, 04:02 PM
Very nice, all of your cameras. Amazing how the task of attaining a 6x17 negative can result in so many different solutions. Here´s my method, different yet again:


I had my doubts it would be light tight. But no worries there, it works a treat. The wood does expand and contract somewhat, in tune with the weather, but not enough to prove a problem. Focusing is still spot on.