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    ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    i was gifted a 36inches f6.3 aerial lens by a friend. It was a huge lens weighing 8kg. The story was that a few years ago, my friend came across a store and saw the owner collected a few vintage cameras and also this lens and decided to buy it over.

    I decided to build a simple cardboard 16x20 ULF camera for it. Staying in an apartment,I really do not have the space to keep a 16x20 camera permanently so I thought a cardboard camera will not cost me too much money and time to build. No woodworking is involved just a lot of tape and glue In any event, I can discard the cheap cardboard body and keep the lens.

    I bypass the film holder and go for a hyraid Afghan box camera approach where the paper negative is loaded inside the camera and use an outside darkslide to cover out the ground glass before loading the paper.


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    I made 2 videos on this project
    Lens : https://youtu.be/s09j9_Sh62M
    Camera : https://youtu.be/N5QpZmt-8eo

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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Watched both

    I am impressed with the GG and how you achieve a light tight box

    More!
    where is the monolith

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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Ingenious!

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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Hey, I didn't know you were on this forum. I really enjoyed your dark box build.
    I made something very similar based on your design.

    Great work getting the paper neg to come out looking so good!

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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Hey, I didn't know you were on this forum. I really enjoyed your dark box build.
    I made something very similar based on your design.

    Great work getting the paper neg to come out looking so good!
    Thank you. Been around here for a whule but only get to do youtube videos to share my experiments on film photography. Good to hear abt the darkbox build. The suitcase design definitely save more space when in storage especially people like me who stay in apartments.

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    Re: ULF 16x20 cardboard camera build

    Nicely done.

    Space is at a premium? Why not build one from nice wood (Mahogany, Walnut, Cocobolo) and use it as a coffee table when at home?
    Drew Bedo
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