maybe a fully customizable way to focus and view the image?
so instead of looking through a viewfinder you would look at the back like a view camera
and have a way to manipulate in the camera through lens and film plane movements
like a view camera, but with a very small camera instead ... but not so small that
the image is unsee-able, it would be magnified and brightened and
the image focused would be 4x the size of the actual film, so the camera operator,
with the movement of a finger could crop and manipulate the focus of the final image anyway he or she wanted to.
it seems like a waste of time to me to have all these intense options for a 35mm camera, or any camera,
since when one spends so much time fiddling around with "stuff" the moment has passed ...
an "artist camera" for me is just a simple box all that extra fluff isn't really necessary ..
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artwork often times sold for charity
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Just got back from the mtns, brought two cameras and I should have brought only one. The consumer-grade odd-duck half-frame camera was amusing, but I had to "turn it on" and wait for it to be ready to shoot, I had little control (but I could set "modes" that reverted as soon as I turned it off). It also was low-quality plastic build which I think I wore out on the one trip. Not something I think will be a regular camera in my repertoire...
When I switched gears and picked up the OM-1, I felt much, much closer to holding a camera I would choose to pursue art. But then I like Galen Rowell and took a copy of his book to the mtns this trip.
As The Flying Council offered, a Rolleiflex is very good as an art camera. In an artist's hands it is a simple self-contained unit that doesn't require accessories to get the job done, it makes a large negative that can be blown up to mural size if the vision demands.
I took this thread as a playful "what if", and tossed out an idea I got from a few weeks ago when shooting in a dark club and I couldn't see the viewfinder. I did get one frame in the dark that became a quick favorite - but from my perspective it could have been better composed. Night vision technology could be put to the task. Also a digital finder for a film camera would be very, cool. I don't think it would be commercially produced but maybe an amateur could rig something. Maybe someone can program an app for a smart phone that you take a picture, manipulate the image and then it tells you the settings to transcribe to a film camera including distance, f/stop, shutter speed, film and development time.