Quote Originally Posted by steve
When you stop thinking of the "right" materials and a certain way to do something (like every other design you've seen) you may end up with a new solution for the design requirements.
Absolutely. I was actually thinking of trying to make a really light camera using just standard sheet metal techniques - a punch press and a break. I think it's possible. It would be an ugly beast, but very light and not so expensive maybe. And for this, aluminum is probably not such a good choice because it wants larger bending radii than, say, stainless.

Before I try anything like that though I want some serious time with a 3d modeling package ;-)