My 6x17 camera
And the scanner camera, it uses a canon Lide scanner as sensor and a Russian 30 dollar lens no shutter neaded :0)
More about those cameras and other projects can be found at:
My DIY 612/4x5 shift camera. It's a horseman 6x9cm-to-4x5" adapter, I made a front adapter and lensboard for it. Right now it has a 65mm Nikkor on it, but it can go much much wider. Allows ~3.5cm of shift in either direction. It's extremely light and has very precise, geared track focusing. The standards collapse very close together; I think this baby could take a 47mm lens, no worries.
The main innovation is that I can convert it back to an enlarging back in a few minutes. So, packed with my Horseman VH, I have 3 cameras in one- 6x9, 4x5, and 4x5 ultrawide shift.
Shown here with a fuji instant film back.
Here is a test shot taken with my adapted wide shift camera, on the wonderful fuji-roid 4x5 film, fp100b45. This was taken about 10 ft up on my 21 ft ham-radio tripod, that is another story.
Not a home-made camera, but two "hacked lenses".
The Canon 50/1.5 is made from left over parts, and has the rear optics module of a Jupiter-3 in it. Spent hours getting the focal length and main shim correct. It RF couples and focusses across the entire range.
The Jupiter-3 has the rear module moved in closer to the front to correct the focal length for a Leica, and the main shim is set for correct focus across the range.
Last edited by lens_hacker; 08-28-2007 at 05:39 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Not a homemade camera, but a 5x12 reducing back for an old, off-sized plate camera. Wood's quartersawn sycamore that was collecting dust in the garage. Springs were made from a $4 taping kife from Home dePot. Ground the glass by hand.
I'm waiting on film and lens to test it out, but the homemade, cobbled holder fits it perfect!
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Really great thread this one though I would like some constructionprints.
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After an annoyingly non-photographic summer, primarily due to a nagging shoulder injury not allowing me to schlep my C1 very far from the van.
To try and get the creative juices flowing, I've decided to build a field camera. Taking the leftover parts (bellows, rear box) from my previous project, and the back from the same project I've been using on my Calumet C1, I spent the weekend building this:
Still a bit of trimming out to do, as well as lacquering and painting, but at this point it's functional. About the only major change I will need to make is using some lower pitch threaded rod, probably see if I can dig up some 4 start threaded rod, as 1/4-20 is painfully slow.
Focusing stage consists of two full extension drawer slides, lying down; focusing action by way of 1/4-20 threaded rod. I got the idea from the pictures I've seen of the Chaminox cameras, and basically low teched the same ideas, as the likelyhood of me being able to afford a new 8x10 field camera is pretty slim. All in all a productive weekend; first one in a long time.
My new toy finally up and running
Here's a few pics of my first attempt at camera building. It actually came out ahead of my expectations It is made out of cherry and aluminum with a hacksaw, drill and router and a little powder coating done in my pottery kiln.
It has maximum extension of 33 inches. Back shift, base tilt, rise and swing and front base tilt, rise and axis tilt. Finished in danish oil. The dreaded "hacksaw" springs will be replaced if I get around to it. They seem to work fine for now. I paid for the bellows, I'm not there yet, but I will give bellow making a try on the next one. It fits easily in my f64 backpack. I am quite pleased all in all.
Keith , that is a very nice job. Did you have that at the Owens Valley workshop? I would have loved to take a closer look.
Originally Posted by keithwms
Well, even though I posted this in a previous thread I felt it appropriate that it be put here also. It took a year and a half with hand tools in the apartment but I finally finished the 8x20 and the walnut tripod combo. The camera has a 32" extension and weights 14lbs and the tripod extends to 60" high and comes in at 10lbs. with the Majestic head. Not bad for the first try. I did learn a lot and will make some design changes on the 11x14.
Last edited by Jim Fitzgerald; 11-02-2008 at 12:43 AM. Click to view previous post history.