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    Homemade 5X4 camera project.

    My new camera project.

    Over the next few months I will be making something slightly different ... From as much as possible the construction will be from recycled materials.

    The camera will be a 5x4" monorail vaguely based on the Jon Grepstad design,or it may even and up as a flat bed type

    The lens and shutter arrived the other day. Over 70 years old it's one of the 135mm Ortagoz lenes . It's condition isn't first class has paint missing and the glass has some light fungus.. or mushrooms as the guy who sold it said .


    If anyone is is interested I can post images on how it's going.
    Colin

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    That would be me, post away!
    "There is no such thing as objective reality in a photograph"

    My flickr and (gasp!) dpug photos - take a look if you like.

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    Show me sumptin

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    Please note all of the construction pictures have been taken digitally.

    All going well I will be using this camera in an art/craft exhibition with the title of 'Metamorphosis' I'm using recycled materials as much as possible, so I guess it a reverse metamorphosis. This exhibition will take place late next year. Every stage will be documented. will be so stand by for plenty of pictures.


    135mm Ortagoz lens and shutter.


    I pick up some goodies at the local tip shop that should be just right for the project . Also I had an old apple crate that had squirreled away has some nice old timber I could find a use for .



    This is the first of the frames.
    Last edited by ColRay; 12-01-2011 at 11:36 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Right Up My Alley

    Great stuff so far. Recycling old wood into a camera is certainly something I can get into. Waiting for more.

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    The film deck is taking shape I did have one slight problem with the thin slats cupping, the spring back frame for the ground glass screen should eliminate this problem.. if not Bugger!

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    I'm using a slab type of construction. the end grain won't be a problem , because I will be spraying the finished camera with enamel paint that has the 'Hammered Metal Look' just like the pin hole camera I made some time back.


    One of my homemade recycled materials cameras

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    The spring back frame.

    I hope there isn't a cap on the amount of images per thread.

    Colin

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    I love it!
    I look forward to following this thread
    Steve

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    I'm interested too.

    Most of my DIY camera making has been with wood re-claimed from old furniture too.

    Could you show a bit more detail of your spring back design? Is is similar to the Razzlok back? http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~razzle.../razzlok_.html


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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