Somebody awhile back mentioned a way to make a simple,cheap but limited LF camera. I basically nodded and forgot it since 4x5 cameras are relatively cheap. But last night I was watching the game on the couch and I got to thinking. It would be relatively easy to add front rise/fall and shift to this camera. It could be made to any size a person would be willing to carry. It would also handle any smaller sizes. It's a back of the car only type of camera.
I think I might build one this winter. I doubt I'd ever buy a camera bigger then 4x5 but this might just let me experiment a little. It'll also keep me out of trouble for the winter-)) I just think I might have to keep it smaller to save on the cost of film holders.-)
Two S&S holders arrived yesterday, and they're about 1/16" too long. The film plane depth and everything else seems right, but they just don't seat properly, and I checked the back thoroughly to make sure there was no obstruction. The previous owner of the camera used it with standard holders, so they should work. I wonder if quality control is slipping with increased demand for these, since Lisco/Fidelity stopped manufacturing 11x14" holders.
They'll be easy enough to fix, and I'll ship them back on Monday, but at $300 a holder, one could do without the hassle.
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Out of curiosity what camera are the holders being used in? I have 3 of Sandy's 11x14 holders and they fit perfectly in my imperfect Wisner.
I am working on an 11x14 camera that uses a center box that has the front and rear ends on hinges that fold down to allow a pair of geared standards to be moved out of the box. The fold down ends have rails and slides to allow the standards to be advanced. Each standard connects to the box with a bag bellows which is much easier and cheaper then a big folding bellows. ($50 vs $700). the camera has rear tilt and rise and front rise, tilt and swing. Max extension is 34" and minimum is 9" but could be as short as 7" with a recessed lens board. The boards are fashioned after standard 6" boards. Dimensions closed are 14"x 16" x 10". I am not sure what the final weight will be, but I am shooting for about 15lbs. Construction is of birch, cherry, aluminum and brass.
One nice thing about designing your own camera is you can design your own back and film holders as well. I am using the Wisner number for T-specification which is 0.310. the back has a U shaped construction that contains an aluminum channel that you slide in the film holder ahead of the ground glass. 4 springs hold everything tight.
the film holders are cheap and strong. Each one is a 1/8th piece of black lexan for a backing and a cherry frame glued and screwed around it. the cherry is routed to hold a dark slide, the top of the holder has a pair of staggered felt pieces for light traps and the slide is 3/32" plastic. The film is held in place by strip magnets on the long dimenension of the film and metal tape on the surface of the lexan back. the holder is a double and is about 3/4" thick. Weight about 1 lbs. I figure the cost of the holder if I pay to have the plastic cut and drilled is about $30. Can I interchange them with standard holders? No, but I can build a bunch of my own for the $300 to $400 cost of new ones.
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