Project Polaroid 6x12
Hi Folks - Happy New Year to all!
Just getting to the end of this 6x12 conversion - thought I might post some pics of the final. This is my first camera conversion, so went for something simple.
This started out as a Model95 that was given to me by a good friend. And since I always wanted a wider format, I thought this would be ideal for a 6x12 conversion.
The camera was in pretty good shape as an original, but unusable due to lack of film. I just started getting back into film and kept lusting a wider format than the 6x6.
I stripped down the camera of the original covering and proceeded to lighten it as much as possible. I must say that I am impressed at the build quality of the Polaroids - like a Tank! I cant remember how many rivets I had drilled out of that thing.
The original lense was drilled out and replaced with a 127mm and the whole body recovered with Ostrich Skin. The original bellows were stretched out since the original opening was only 10.5cm. The whole project was a bit of "adjust this-n-that as you go along" since I couldn't find any info on this conversion.
I still have to adjust/shim the lense and then set up infinity focus (which is probably going to entail re-notching the focusing stops and recreating another focusing scale)
I've got some in-progress shots at http://www.pbase.com/qzone/polaroid_6x12&page=1
I'll post resulting pics from this camera when I get a chance.
Let me know what you think of the conversion.
Great first post Welcome to APUG. Did you eat the rest of the ostrich
Looks very good and your in progress shots are very interesting and helpful. 6x12 is quite a nice format.
Thanks Pin and Ian.
Many thanks to my friend Ed Warner for giving me the camera and helping out with the machine work. This was my first camera conversion and more a labour of love and am itching to start shooting with it.
I have a few more things to tweak, but nothing major I hope.
btw Ian, we still have turkey leftovers, can you imagine ostrich leftovers!:o