I'm trying to understand how tailboard cameras work, the general set up is easy, but some parts remain unclear as to the exact utility - specifically:
What is the middle frame for seen in some variations ? simply to protect the bellows when folded ?
I can see how swing is achieved here - but how about rear tilt ?
Long story long:
I have a square 15" bellows here I'd like to build a quick tailboard camera with to hold my new Dallmeyer 4A and a combo of an 8x10" Sinar P film back/GG, my own home built 11x14" back/GG and possible wet plate collodion use in the future...
At the moment I'm going to build something quick and nasty using as much picture framing frames I can (I have access to a framing studio with a gazillion profiles that can be put to interesting use, not to mention the ka-chunking machine that automagically joins them ).
I dont have any rack and pinion or threaded rod lying around so it'll just be screwed down with a bolt and wingnuts for now (like the third image) - but a future more thought out version will likely use a threaded rod for focus, probably a tapered bellows and front standard to loose a bit of weight also - does any one have photos of the typical way these systems were built, something stripped away that can be figured out in a glance ?
I've never had a chance to see a tailboard :rolleyes:
Any tips appreciated