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  1. Re: I Built Myself a 16◊20-Inch Camera in 10 Hours

    From the article “…poor quality 1/4 in. plywood.”
    The extra expense of hobby store plywood is definitely worth it in this type of application.
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    Re: DIY 4x5 Point and Shoot

    Neat looking camera. After picking up a bunch of 4x5 film holders for almost nothing at a garage sale years ago I’ve made several 4x5 (and cropped, depending on the lens) with found lenses. From...
  3. Re: Which would be easier to build - 8x10 SLR or TLR?

    Ah yes, after I posted I got to thinking that the beam splitter would have to be thin to minimize optical effects but a large thin mirror would probably sag or warp. and a small mirror is probably...
  4. Re: Which would be easier to build - 8x10 SLR or TLR?

    Maybe I missed it reading through this thread but, how about a SLR setup using a simi-silvered non moving mirror? Kind of like a giant version of a Canon Pellix. Dimmer viewing but more practical to...
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    Re: 4x5 HARMAN TiTAN conversion

    Thanks for the link. Wow! I'm always creating cameras, mostly with found (read here, free or at least very cheap lenses). But my creations are burn barrel fodder compared to your efforts. Like my...
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    Re: 4x5 HARMAN TiTAN conversion

    Thatís great. Like Keeds also wonder about focus. Did you go for a hyper focal distance at a given aperture or did you set at infinity (or as close as you could measure).
    Have you visited the...
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    Re: Using and Modifying the Travelwide 4x5 camera

    Cameradactyl makes 4x5 open frame viewfinders that are inexpensive. Don’t know how accurate they are.
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    Re: Using and Modifying the Travelwide 4x5 camera

    My Travelwide helical was very tight with grab/slip focusing the day it arrived. Tried everything but in the end the two retainers in the back broke their screw holes. I jury rigged a solution but...
  9. Re: 4x5 wide camera, similar to a Sinar Handy or Linhof Technar

    I’m curious about the helical and would like info on;
    Where obtained, diameter of opening, how is it attached to the camera and how is the lens attached?
    Would be grateful for any information,...
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    Re: Meniscus lens iris "sweet spot"???

    Fascinating discussion, and very interesting link about using lenses from old Brownie cameras. As it happens, the pandemic stay at home time has had me mounting oddball lenses on homebuilt cardboard...
  11. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Yep, took the survey, indicated I would accept the no film offer. But I didn't bite on their extra $10 plea. Not gonna sink another sawbuck down that rabbit hole.
    I'm probably not a good...
  12. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Trouble is, the retail price they have on their own website is $69, and this does not include shipping. Freestyle apparently have them in stock for $65, but again, there will be shipping to add....
  13. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    As I said, plain speak, or, if you prefer, bottom line, how about net result?
    The real galling thing about it is lack of response to reasonable backer questions, for instance;

    Numerous backers...
  14. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Well folks, Jollylook just posted their last update. With at least 2/3 of the rewards not shipped and no plan to replace bad cameras already sent out. This last update was, when translated into plain...
  15. Re: Loupe project -- cheap and easy for the handy and thrifty

    For checking the focus on my GG I ordered some +7 reading glasses (143mm) from Amazon. Pull them down on my nose to set the camera, push them back up to check the focus on the screen. If I remember...
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    Just wanted to thank everyone for the great ideas.
    @malexand, Never thought of hot glue or even used one. Sounds like something I should have handy, they are certainly cheap enough.
    I've not quite...
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    Thanks but...this is a 'junk' lens for a specific application. I spent $10 for it and will use it for paper negatives with the shutter rigged to open as I press the cable release and close when I...
  18. Re: Work in progress: Ultralight 4X5 build, with Carbon Fiber + 3D printed plastic

    Looks very nice for a first effort.
    Just curious about the magnets. Were the holes for them printed or drilled and did you glue them in.
    Thanks
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    That's true. The MEGA stores, Lowes and HD are useless for oddball stuff. Fortunately in our town there is a hardware store that is local and been here since the stone age. They have everything! We...
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    Thanks all. I'm leaning toward the 'hole just the right size' and 'dental floss' solution. Benefits are no extra expense and it's renewable.
    On more complete examination this units shutter...
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    Retaining ring or workaround

    Just picked up a 135mm f4.7 Wollensak Raptar. Price was $10 and it works okay except that no retaining ring was present. I measure the thread diameter at 33.5mm. Are these retaining rings specific to...
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    Re: New Very Colorful 4X5

    To address your concerns;
    Concerning processing my post above has a bearing on that. Photo paper can be processed very simply with minimal equipment, and you can observe the development under...
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    Re: New Very Colorful 4X5

    You bring up a good point that is often missed. So far our grandkids haven't shown more than a passing interest in grandpa's hobby. I've been thinking that a simplified work flow with 4X5 using photo...
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    Re: New Very Colorful 4X5

    Went to their website and now they also apparently are making a handheld 4X5. Somewhat the same concept at the Travelwide, but with interchangeable lens cones for different focal length lenses. It is...
  25. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Plywood Starter!? That's rich. Let Kickstarter implement it, they have the name recognition. Perhaps they could call it 'Enhanced Kickstarter' (you know, like 'enhanced' interrogation) Or,...
  26. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    I'd like to "watch something happen" also. Trouble is, when things go wrong and there are unforeseen delays most creators clam up, go dark, stop communicating with backers. How can the backers be...
  27. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    For anyone here interested or who backed this:
    I e-mailed Jollylook directly on 1/30/19 about the lack of updates and they finally replied. In part this was their reply;

    "Since we moved the...
  28. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    This is my 4th time backing a KS campaign, I cannot see backing another. Seems like an almost universal trait of project creators is little to no communication with backers.
    I too backed the...
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Did you use one of those whole page Fresnel lenses for the GG. From the photo it looks like a Fresnel.
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    I think the creators of that project, and Ben Syverson especially, were just overwhelmed by the problems that arose during development. I also suspect that they spent a large sum of personal savings...
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Mine sure was! Right from the start the focusing was so tight so as to be right on the edge of unuseable. I despaired of trying to contact Ben. After all the trouble they had getting these finished...
  32. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Wonder of wonders, they actually responded to one of my questions in the 'comments' section. And a couple of days ago they answered several backer questions in the comments section. Perhaps they are...
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    Re: Yet another 3D printed camera

    Could not get through the whole video presentation. The background music was loud, obnoxious and obscured his voice to the point I could not hear what he was saying.
  34. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Well finally update #22, after stone cold silence for 40 days or so. Not much hope to get a working camera within the next 3-4 months, if what Jollylook says is correct and they can build reliable...
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    Re: New 4x5 'Standard' Camera

    Neat looking camera, very tidy. While not in the market I also applaud your effort to share your knowledge and effort with others.
  36. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    Well, for the last 6-8 months they, Jollylook, have been going on about how they don't want to ship the camera until it's "prefect". After reading all the comments on the KS site and here, I figure...
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    I dunno, looks like it did a credible job on the portrait. Stop down to f22? I seldom go faster than f16 so f22 is only one stop down.
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    That is gorgeous. You should see the contraptions I build....no wait, after seeing that I'd be too embarrassed to post photos of my homemade cameras.
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    Sticky: Re: LF Pinhole - design and building

    Wow! That is one heavy duty pinhole camera. The ultra light plywood and foam core 4x5's I build would not dare to be used in anything but dry weather. But that looks like you could take it out even...
  40. Re: Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

    You are a man of few words Randy. Probably better than me who often suffers from verbal diarrhea.
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