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    Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Hello all you wonderful LF people

    I do not see such a thread recently and I would like to give it a go.

    Anyone tried it lately?

    Any advice?

    Surely it can be done?

    Cheers all!

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    Tim Meisburger's Avatar
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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    There are not many decent plans available. I've been thinking lately we should do a Wiki design of a nice field camera, which would include a parts list from McMaster Carr or similar for the metal parts. If I had a good design and could order the tracks and wheels, I would be up for building a nice 8x10.

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Go to http://home.online.no/~gjon/camerabuilders.htm and follow the links for much information.

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Find a design you like and copy it.... but make it your own.

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    I'm about to embark on making a couple of cameras, thanks to Miguel in Paris - I bought a box of Graflex parts from him. I'm using the focus rails/track from a Graflex with a Super Graphic front standard to build a camera that will have a 5x4 and also a 6x17 back. I need it to be easy to use hand held, longest lens I'll use is a 210mm, widest a 65mm (5x4) or 75mm (6x17).

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    Go to http://home.online.no/~gjon/camerabuilders.htm and follow the links for much information.
    Thanks Jim, Jon Grepstad has added some new links and there's some much better cameras than last time I looked.

    Ian

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Have you gone through this thread:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...hlight=pinhole

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Thanks for the responses folks.

    Great info to work through...will make some decisions.

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Fitzgerald View Post
    Find a design you like and copy it.... but make it your own.
    Jim, I was thinking of doing exactly that with the old Joshua Billcliff I just finished restoring. It is simple, elegant and reasonably easy to copy...but then I thought, ahh hell, why not do 8x10...

    Problem is, there are very few hard-core film shooters in S.A. and the closest will probably be in Cape Town nearly 500 miles away...

    Thank goodness for the web and sites like this forum!

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Are you in Bloemfontein?

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    Re: Building a 4x5 camera from scratch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Meisburger View Post
    Are you in Bloemfontein?
    No, Port Elizabeth.

    Do you know of any serious film shooters in Bloem?

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