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    My new 24x24" camera

    Hello,
    here's my new lightweight camera
    i decided to eliminate the flatbed witch is the heaviest part of a camera, the most difficult to built when you have no craft skill, and useless for such format (you will need two tripods or a large plateform if you want your camera to be stable)
    The use of one tripod for each part allows all mouvements only limited by bellows (2meters max extention)
    I made a 20x20" insert for wetplate but I can go up to 24x24".
    The camera itself is 29x29x2.5" and weight 12.3kg with acrylic ground glass
    The plate holder is 6.3kg
    more pics here: http://medusaphotographie.blogspot.fr/

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    That is brilliant! Full on movements - I really like this and inspiring.

    Perhaps in times when movements are not as critical you can couple the tripods to insure better plane to lens alignment.
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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    This is great, I love the simplicity. For portraits or still life, this is a practical solution. What material(s) did you use for the bellows?

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    What's your method for getting the lens centered to the film and getting the standards parallel? I could see that being a slow process with your design.
    CK

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    One question: is the darkslide made of formica?

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    Hi,
    the bellows is made of 240g cardboard+one layer of BK5 (thorlabs)
    The darkslide is made with formica
    I planed to use a string outstretched between the middle of each part of the camera.
    If the angle between string and camera's frames are 90° so the frames are parallele. II-------II
    You can also use a iphone appli called ihandy carpenter to mesure the inclination angle on the front and report it on the rear.
    Anyway, collodion is a slow process and you can loose 1 min to set up the camera.

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    That is one really cool camera! I checked out your blog. Quite a project making that bellows! It looks good!
    Michael Cienfuegos

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    One question for the camera. How can you finely focus ?

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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    Simplicity~

    However it seemes that we need an assistant, at least.
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    Re: My new 24x24" camera

    Brilliant design

    I might steal it!

    I could imagine butchering a mono rail standard for the rack and pinion might work for fine focus.

    Or wheels on tripod.

    Any other ideas?
    through a glass darkly...

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