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    Homemade 4x5 camera

    I don't have a large format camera, but after doing some enlarging on a negative last week and running the Beseler 45 all the way up for a Pinhole image I was working with, and seeing it I started to think that I wanted to look into large format. Looking at all the camera's and such and the price tags I was suddenly brought back to my senses.

    Then surfing around this morning on a site for rebuilding bellows cameras, I found out how to make a 4x5. Not that I'm going to build it...but it sure does look interesting...and relatively cheap. I thought I would pass it on..

    http://www.rolandandcaroline.co.uk/h...memade4x5.html

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    Looks like it might be a fun project, but truthfully, there are scads of fixer-uppers to be had for a song which, for no more labor, will reward you with a much more useful camera in the end. The thing that usually makes them cheap is a bad bellows, but if you're planning to build a bellows anyway then no problem. Just my dos centavos.

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    This is another site worth looking at: http://www.raymentkirbycameras.co.uk/

    Have a look through the workshop section.

    I have re-drawn some of his sketches in Autocad if that is any help to you.


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    If you are into building camera's rather than taking pictures, super, otherwise go buy an old Calumet CC400 (~$100) and take pictures....
    Just my 2 cents. K

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkfry View Post
    If you are into building camera's rather than taking pictures, super, otherwise go buy an old Calumet CC400 (~$100) and take pictures....
    Some of us like doing both.

    However, if you're not too good at woodwork and mechanical engineering, it is a good point.


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    Here's my contribution of links from my bookmarks folder. I haven't made one, but plenty have, so it's not impossible. At the very least, it would be interesting.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~eahoo/camera.html
    http://home.online.no/~gjon/jgcam.htm
    http://gamma.nic.fi/~mikoneka/design.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/200503060...ail/camera.htm
    The Analogue Laboratory, or 'so you built a darkroom in an old factory in the industrial zone'.
    Blog thing!.

    Worry less. Photograph more.

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    I love taking pictures and I'm pretty handy. I didn't realize that I could find a large format camera for like $100. I don't let anything get in my way because of not having the cash. I appreciate the information!

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    You can pay even less.

    Building a ULF or a non standard smaller format or even if you want something special makes sense to me. OTOH 4x5 and to a lesser extent 5x7 and 8x10 are fairly common and can often be bought for less then the cost of the parts to build one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkfry View Post
    If you are into building camera's rather than taking pictures, super, otherwise go buy an old Calumet CC400 (~$100) and take pictures....
    Just my 2 cents. K
    I wonder where Daguerre and Talbot bought their cameras?

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    Cost is one thing, wanting the experience of building is a different one. I respect both. You can buy and modify cameras for almost nothing. I built 4x5 and 5x7 backs for a Japanese-made half-plate, English style camera and it works perfectly in both formats. I also made a swing/tilt lensboard for my 5x7 Korona. The Japanese half-plate cost me $140.00 US and the Korona, with lens, six holders and 15 sheets of good film, $300.00 US.


    Asanuma Shokai King 1 with home-made 5x7 back


    Tilt/swing lensboard on a 5x7 Korona
    Last edited by ragc; 12-21-2008 at 09:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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