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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 08:42
I've been wanting to get an 8x10 pinhole camera for some time. I recently stopped in Goodwill and found an old filebox that looked like it would be the right size.

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I drilled out and removed the lock. I cut the top off and removed the hinge.

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I painted the inside flat black.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 08:46
I attached the top to the body using rivets.

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I used aluminum to make the film holder.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 08:51
I added tripod sockets.

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I made mounts for the handle that originally was on the top of the box.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 08:56
I cut the hole for the film and drilled holes for the bolts that hold the rubber bands to keep the film holder in place.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 09:00
I used bondo to make the camera light tight and smooth out the body.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 09:03
Next was a coat of primer.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 09:07
Here are the final pictures. I used a combination of a textured paint followed by a coat of blue enamel. I'm going to use a small magnet for the shutter.

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hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 09:13
The camera ended up having a focal length 184mm with an aperture of 322. I haven't had a chance to shoot with it yet but I'm looking forward to taking it out soon. The total cost was around $45.

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Randy Moe
10-Jul-2016, 09:25
Great design, very simple.

I was thinking all night about a large box camera.

Box is the easiest to make.

Thanks for posting all the pics!

pdh
10-Jul-2016, 09:26
OK but did the cat come free or did you have to pay extra?

hazardsg
10-Jul-2016, 09:35
OK but did the cat come free or did you have to pay extra?
We already had the cat. She had to inspect the box since most boxes in the house belong to her... :)

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John Kasaian
10-Jul-2016, 11:17
Cool!:cool:

Roger Thoms
10-Jul-2016, 18:06
Nice job, just spent a couple hundred on a used Harmon Titan 8x10 pinhole, bet your will take just as nice of photographs. :)

Roger

Drew Bedo
11-Jul-2016, 05:31
Concept, design and execution are impressive . . .but Royal BLUE?

I know, I know—its eye-of-the-beholder . . . but I'd have gone for something like a Linhoff grey.

Enjoy, and post some of what you shoot!

LabRat
11-Jul-2016, 06:26
Great job!!!

The only other thing I would consider (if I built one of these) would be to try to take a handful of cabinet hinges and find a way to hinge the box panels, so there might be a way to fold the box flat (like a briefcase) for easy carry & storage... (Think Ikea...)

You can also put a speaker in it, or paint it up so it looked like a boombox for urban use camoflage... Or sell tintypes at the seashore... Or put a phony lens on it so it looked like a camera... (I'll shut up,now...) :-)

Have fun!!!!

Steve K

Randy Moe
11-Jul-2016, 08:43
Concept, design and execution are impressive . . .but Royal BLUE?

I know, I know—its eye-of-the-beholder . . . but I'd have gone for something like a Linhoff grey.

Enjoy, and post some of what you shoot!

Well each to their own, but it seems old men hiding under black cloth and peeping into dead grey boxes may used up. Too many references...

I think we need more flash. I want a red 'dark' cloth just to stand out. Red bellows are hard to come by and isn't white the best color for a camera box? Less heat absorption and Karsh was never wrong with his custom white C1.

I dream of a HOT PINK Florescent 8X10 Elwood...which would become rather phallic now that I think about it...

Great Monday plan!

hazardsg
24-Jul-2016, 16:21
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Here is a print from the first test shot I made in my back yard. The exposure was about 3 minutes.