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    Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    This build has a real standard that will accommodate a 14' plate and will sport a Zeiss Apo Jena Tessar f9 60cm that requires one meter extension for portrait work.
    Hoping to get over a meter of extension with something that is convenient, portable and practical to load into a small car.
    Tips on the track-extension-folding system are invited.

    three minute time lapse video that shows assembly and focus test.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9XQrT_zBF0

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Nick ... good to see you here !

    I enjoyed watching the video

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Looks good, you sure work fast!

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    May I suggest a wheeled table/tripod?
    Will the front movements be motorized and remote controlled? Sorry if that was ansvered in the video. I saw it without sound.
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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Tips on the track-extension-folding system are invited
    That is a very pertinent question and it may now be a little late in the day. Perhaps a couple of different length solid baseboards with wing screw attachments to allow for possible use of wide angle. My 30x40cm camera has extension up to 120cm.ph

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Thank you Soeren I will seriously consider wheels, on a tripod not a table.
    I have made a sturdy tripod for star trails on a windy salt lake, but it was horribly hard to use and didn't pack well at all.

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Thank you for making me smile this morning. This project is great. I will be sharing this with my students soon.

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    very good - very nicely presented too -

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    A simple way to make extended controls might be to use a flexible shaft with a knob at the back; guide blocks with through holes will control "whip" if the torque is high.

    If takedown is desired, a 1/4" drive socket engaging a hex on the movement shaft (lock two nuts together with a dab of epoxy and your all-thread becomes a long, fully-threaded bolt) makes a nice coupling. Right-angle drives for the shifts can be had from your local equivalent to McMaster-Carr (USA).

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    Re: Ultra large format camera build filmed in time lapse

    Excellent video and the camera is really coming together nicely!

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