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    Need help for a beginner enthusiast

    Hello! I am a photographer (my website here: www.andreifarcasanu.com) trying to get into LF photography. I like working with different cameras, and for every type of image I use different camera. So, I would like to make a large format camera. I know that I can buy cheap cameras but I want to make one of my own. For this, I have a big format camera lense, a bellows with rail from an enlarger that I can use(also lenses from enlargers), and I want to make the rest. I would like a camera with large plain film or paper. Can you recommend an easy DIY project? I am a beginner so don't mind my silly question. Thank you very much!

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    Questions and comments are always welcome

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    Re: Need help for a beginner enthusiast

    A number of people on this site have built their own cameras. Search for their threads for ideas, and you can always private message the builders if needed. Making a decent LF camera is not easy, and with careful looking decent ones can be had for $100 or more.
    "Why can't we all just get along?" President Dale, Mars Attacks

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    Re: Need help for a beginner enthusiast

    More information on making cameras: http://http://home.online.no/~gjon/jgcam.htm.

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    Re: Need help for a beginner enthusiast

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    More information on making cameras: http://http://home.online.no/~gjon/jgcam.htm.
    New URL: http://jongrepstad.com/building-a-large-format-camera/

    Jon Grepstad
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    Re: Need help for a beginner enthusiast

    If you have limited free time (or want to get things done a little quicker), I'd consider purchasing a back e.g for 5x4 something like this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4x5-graphl...cAAOSwT5tWGf2B or for 10x8 - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8x10-Woode...AAAOSwI-BWHY4c - I'm keeping an eye out for something a little larger. . .

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