Originally Posted by Ian Grant
Thanks for the compliment but I do not agree.
I was personally blown away by Colin Grahams' camera, shown in this thread a while ago.
Your right both of your cameras are execellent, I'd overlooked Grahams. In the end it all comes down to personal taste.
This is may first DIY camera, although the second version. It started off as a fixed focus f32 for the 90mm lens set at the hyperfocal distance, after getting a 6x12 back and 75mm lens I took the saw to it so it would take both lenses.
Materials for the model pictured:-
Ikea pen holder and magazine holder
Model making ply 3mm & 1.6mm
M6 threaded inserts
M6 thumb screws
Neilsen picture frame Aluminium section & clips
Length of wood
See my website for example image:-
Currently getting materials together to make a focusing model based on Fotomann helical mounts bought from the States while exchange rates are good.
Needed a test bed to check bellows draw for some old brass cannons at portrait length, down to 1 meter, so I bought a 6ft x 12in x 3/4in pine plank and 2 shelf brackets at Lowe's. Decided to make it foldable and bought a 12in piano hinge at Ace. The bellows is 2 aluminium angles and a dark cloth, actually works. Total cost $20USD.
The moving focus carriage is from an Ansco 5x7 studio portrait camera, the back assm. is from a Agfa/Ansco 8x10. The angle brakets will go from back to front for carrying and latch it the frame with 2 thumb screws for use. 45 inches bellows draw yet to be made. Total weight w/o lens = 12lbs.
Yes, it's the ugliest box of rocks posted yet. :rolleyes:
I think you did a good job on your first camera. Quite a clever use of existing materials.
Originally Posted by amland
Have you thought about sealing the wood and then painting it all black?
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What do you mean, ugly? I think its pretty damn cute.
Originally Posted by phfitz
"What do you mean, ugly? I think its pretty damn cute."
Why, thank you Dan. It's also rather handy for it's intended purpose. I have found:
44" of bellows is enough for any lens at portrait distance
the new-to-me 1860 Voigtlander petzval portrait is 18" f/4 and was sent back to the Wollensak factory to be refit into a Studio shutter in 1926 for the reason I suspected., it's a 'mojo master' from way back. Damn it has a look to it.
the B&L Universal Portrait #3 is a
16" f/4 petzval in standard set-up
18" f/4.5 petzval in reverse set-up
28" f/7 port-lan meniscus in converted set-up (really fine look to it)
the 'Extra Rapid Lynkeioskop' is 18.5" f/6.3 so I can finish the waterhouse stops
if I put the front cell of the B&L 14x17 f/6.3 on the 'magic lens' it's a 32" f/10 with monster-sized coverage. Now to find 40" film.
I did find the right fabric for the bellows at 'Jo-Anne's', folded it's 16 x 12 x 24 inches. Now to find the balance point for a tripod mount.
Too many project, not enough time
Originally Posted by argus
Check out anodizing, here in the US it is pretty cheap. I always get them to throw in my odd parts when they are running big lots....EC
I did think of using some outrageous wood dye but went for the easy option of wax applied with wire wool and polish it up with a cloth.
Originally Posted by Frank R
I droppped it in a stream a few moths back it didn't suffer from the experience!