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stradibarrius
22-Mar-2012, 16:33
I am an experiences woodworker and wondered if there are good plans and hardware available to make my own field camera?

Oren Grad
22-Mar-2012, 17:02
Check out Jon Grepstad's site:

http://home.online.no/~gjon/jgcam.htm

And don't miss his links to other sites:

http://home.online.no/~gjon/camerabuilders.htm

Kuzano
22-Mar-2012, 17:06
I am an experiences woodworker and wondered if there are good plans and hardware available to make my own field camera?

One option... Google or Yahoo the term build your own large format camera.

Another option... go to youtube and search the same.

Also... might try DIY large format camera.

Many hits on this.

One web site in particular has a lot of links to various designs and builders....see this link:

http://home.online.no/~gjon/camerabuilders.htm

There are huge number of sites and videos with information you requested. It's actually rather overwhelming.

Lachlan 717
22-Mar-2012, 17:43
This might help as well:

http://www.jbhphoto.com/vcam/vcams.htm

Mark Barendt
22-Mar-2012, 17:56
You sure you got the skills Barry? ;)

Jim Jones
23-Mar-2012, 07:02
You sure you got the skills Barry? ;)

Good question. The crafts of cabinet maker and metal worker are more applicable than the art of a luthier in view camera construction. It also helps to be a master mechanic to solve the inevitable problems. Some designs are easier to construct at home: the Jon Grepstad or Jay Bender http://www.jaybender.com/BPH/, for example. You might get ideas from the Noda or the Newton New Vue cameras. If you have the mechanical aptitude of Thomas Edison or John M. Browning, you may even design the next generation of DIY camera. Your present skills might best be used in reconditioning or replacing the woodwork on existing cameras that already have good hardware.

Bruce Batchelor
24-Mar-2012, 18:35
I recall that View Camera magazine carried an article, maybe in two or three parts some years ago on building your own. As I recall, the hurdle faced by the author was the machining of the metal parts, for which he purchased and became adept with a tabletop milling machine.

jnanian
24-Mar-2012, 18:55
its a lot of fun building a camera,
good luck !

john