Let's stop talking pinholes over here and have a look at a camera with a real lens...
I promised not to build another camera after the summer of 2006 untill 1st january 2007... but I did
I only did the finishing touch last week. I was inspired to build it after I acquired a brand new Cambo 8x10 bellows for very little money... the rest just came by itself!
Total weight is about 6 kilograms.
So here it is, the Cambara 810.
Here shown with a classic heavyweight Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 360/620mm f5.6 lens, fitted on a 6x6" (15,2x15,2cm for us decimal-guys) square lensboard.
(I also have the 300mm and 240mm variants, but this little baby is more impressive)
We'll have a look at how much the camera wil groan at full extension with this 1820 gr. front weigth added.
Full extension at 770mm and it does not move a hair, partly thanks to the Wolf tripod and lightweight Gitzo nr. 4 head:
Focussing is done by 2 systems:
- the front rails are slotted and have a tension lock;
- the rear reals have a delrin rack&pinion gear. I had some doubts about the robustness of the delrin gear, but 3 months of testing and adjusting took away all doubts.
I'm not a big fan of front movements, except for rise&fall, so I did not incorporate the others...
I am in favour of rear movements, what is proven in the next few pictures:
- tilt, only limited by the bellows;
- 12 degrees of uncentered, individual left and right swing;
- 7,8cm shift in both directions, that means 13,6cm of travel along the horizontal axis.
That is one beautiful camera! The bellows are incredible - did you make them yourself? If so, what materials did you use?
Originally Posted by argus
Very very nice work. I am assuming the metalwork is anodized aluminum. Did you do the anodizing yourself?
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I did not make the bellows, please read above.
the metal is spray painted aluminium. I'm not into anodizing yet.
The paint will get damaged overtime, I'm aware of that.
Next thing to do is adapt the 7x17 to use the same base as this 8x10. The base and front standard will become interchangeable between both cameras.
Man, what a nice looking camera...If I understand correctly, you made it all except the bellows? WOW!!
Will be following the adapter progress with interest, would be nice feature.
Must keep an eye out for a cheap bellows now.
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That is a wonderful camera, argus. Really, must be a pleasure just to look at it. And touch it... And look into the eyes.. ah well I got carried a bit away, look into the GG I wanted to say
G, that is one nice camera! Man if I could only work as fast as you! Finally getting the back of the 8x20 done. To many other distractions to get in the way. You know the paying job, girlfriend, etc, etc. What inspiration!! Thasnks.
Well Argus that Cambara 810 is the most impressive camera in this thread, it's outstanding.