Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
Your modular design sounds very interesting and the projected weight, 30 lbs, would make a camera of this size relatively easy to use. Hope it gets off the drawing board sometime soon.
If you go to http://ulf.janvanhove.com/other.html you will find an image made by Sam Wang of me working with my home made 20X24" camera. As you can see it is a flat bed folding camera similar in design to the Nagoaka/Ikeda. The wood is elm and the metal parts were fabricated from aluminum. There is approximately 44" of useful bellows draw and a range of movements similar to those of the Nagaoka: on the front, rise and fall, shift and tilt; on the back, shift and tilt. The camera weighs approximately 45 lbs and it is rather difficult for one person to place it on a tripod in field work. For that reason I am currently thinking about building a kind of large wheel platform similar to the Lotus design. I have four S&S holders for the camera, which represents a full day of work in the field.