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    DIY - Large Format Camera?

    Have any of you tried making your own Large Format Camera?

    Are there any 'do it yourself' large format camera kits still on the market? Would be great if we could develop a really simple, affordable kit. Something that does not require cutting your own slabs of wood, etc.. Might sound crazy, but even get that funded on Kickstarter.com . What are your thoughts?

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    I've made my own 8x10 from foamcore and rubber bands ...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dairequinlan/4300741225/

    The bigger you go the less precision needed. Though this is completely lacking in any movements. When I ever the chance to revisit it I'll do something a little more sophisticated.
    A couple of the better shots I've gotten out of it:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dairequinlan/4386036602/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dairequinlan/4386033060/

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    Thank you for sharing. Fascinating and I love the two photos.

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    Probably be easier to start with an old one and rehab it. There are so many old ones out there that I don't think there is much market for an assemble-it-yourself. Although with a CNC router and a little time, it wouldn't be too hard to knock out a kit....maybe when I retire (:

    Like Daire, I also made a foam core camera that could be easily adapted to wood. It is based on the one shown in Alan Greene's book Primitive Photography (I think?):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofis...7594320898072/

    I also rehabbed a Calumet C1....it really wasn't all that hard, but I have a ton of images to help out others who want to do the same:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofis...7622663052152/

    I'm hoping to start on a hybrid Eastman/Deardorf/carbon fiber Frankencamera this winter. I'll post the result if I ever get around to doing it!

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    Jon Grepstad has written a book on making LF cameras. Download it from here: http://home.online.no/~gjon/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takizawa View Post
    Have any of you tried making your own Large Format Camera?

    Are there any 'do it yourself' large format camera kits still on the market? Would be great if we could develop a really simple, affordable kit. Something that does not require cutting your own slabs of wood, etc.. Might sound crazy, but even get that funded on Kickstarter.com . What are your thoughts?
    i just started making 4x5 sliding box, chamfered front cameras. The plan is to start offering them for sale as a complete finished camera and as a kit.
    This one is made from hardwood plywood so the materials are not that expensive.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 4x5 homemade.jpg  

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    i make and sell them out of foam core and paper holders too
    i've made bigger than 11x14 and as small as 2x3
    if my apug gallery looks empty you might check these places

    website
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    I've been thinking about making a small LF camera probably in a 4x5 size. What do you do for a simple lens? Don't really know anything about LF and haven't really looked into it very much. Can you use an enlarger lens? Or, is there something else you folks would recommend as a good starting lens?
    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb3lms View Post
    I've been thinking about making a small LF camera probably in a 4x5 size. What do you do for a simple lens? Don't really know anything about LF and haven't really looked into it very much. Can you use an enlarger lens? Or, is there something else you folks would recommend as a good starting lens?

    sure!
    as long as you don't need a shutter ..
    lenses harvested off of folding cameras
    and old box cameras sometimes have shutters attached,
    and are cheap !

    have fun
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    Oh, yeah, shutter. Duh!

    Ok, starting lens with a shutter. So where do you look? Harvest off something old and used? That could work.
    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

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