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    Aletta 4x5 It's done.

    After about 8 months, I finally completed the 4x5 Aletta camera. Most of it was built from the plans with the exception of the bellows. I also scavenged a grafloc back as the gorundglass/ holder tolerances didn't seem within my woodworking ability.

    http://www.paw.emah.tommyclassic.com...ar=2004&pic=52

    The bellows was purchased from the designer (who seems to have disappeared). It was not light tight, so I coated it with a black fabric paint. Not sure if this the permanent fix, but only time will tell. The instructions were fairly clear and accurate, I did find one or two dimensional errors.

    I haven't tried it out as we are expecting a foot of snow this week. I'll post some pictures as soon as I try it out.

    Eric

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    Congrats! It looks like a working camera.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Good work! My hat's off to you.

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    Congratulations, Eric, and welcome to the LF world.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Well done Eric Mac !!!

    A real nice piece of handiwork. Congratulations for the fine finish.

    Kind Regards,
    Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

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    Looks good. Have you used it yet? Any pictures to show?

    I built mine from plans about a year ago. I made some changes, but I'm more of a woodworker than a photographer. I used Purpleheart for the wood.

    d wilder
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    Eric,
    Congratulations on finishing the camera, it looks great. I'm impressed that you stuck with it over such a long gestation period. Now if the sun will only stay out for more than a few minutes....

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    Eric, where did you find the plans ?

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    Seems that Aletta went out of business. their ID has benn removed from ebay and everything. Too bad. Supposedly they owed people replacement bellows when they up and disappeared.

    P.S. congrats on building the camera. Looks mighty functional and sturdy.

    That purple heart one is pretty too.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Nice work! It looks like an easy to use unit.

    cheers

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