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    A ULF from a cardboard box?

    Anyone ever make a ULF from a cardboard box?

    It could be lightweight (ish) and sturdy enough for an outing or two. Perhaps the bits necessary to reinforce whatever holds up the lens and the GG back could be durable enough to be swapped as the main body wears out.

    The whole shebang could be rigged to be foldable. Could be backpack-able.

    Prob ably a sliding box-in-a-box for focusing . . .or fixed at infinity for landscapes?

    Might be a one and done using lots of Duct tape.

    No. It won't be a wood and brass heirloom.

    Just a thought.
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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    Yes and it is on the web

    I think he was banned
    Last edited by Tin Can; 10-Apr-2022 at 15:42.
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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    I prefer Black Coroplast, lined with felt blackout, it is plastic cardboard

    I buy 24 X 36" black by the case, very cheap.....before.....

    I used 4'X8' 10mm white 2 pieces for my Vcard
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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    I'm sure you have seen this.

    https://youtu.be/djxfHtrBX20

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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    Now I have

    One offs

    Quote Originally Posted by Duolab123 View Post
    I'm sure you have seen this.

    https://youtu.be/djxfHtrBX20
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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    Hi Drew
    I've made 11x14 and bigger cameras out of foam core, does that count ?
    the rectangles collapse almost flat and front and back "standards" slide in to keep it rigid.
    I at one time had a small business making them and selling them to people
    I also have made paper negative holders that look like "book" type holders, I've made them 11x14 and
    for a 4x5 camera I sometimes use for paper, glass plates and metal plates...
    these cameras are fun but hard to keep stable ( I used to put them on something flat but had to have a "rock" on top to keep from floating away )
    the rock was not included when I sold them !

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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    My first 20x24 in 2011 was a box-in-box, black foam board camera, with duct tape seams. 24 inch lens. Adox 100 ASA film (you could buy it pretty cheap off the shelf at Central Camera at the time). Even made the film holder out of black foam board. The film was held in place by thumbtacks. Thick dark plastic garbage bags for the dark cloth. Nothing was pretty or square but it could take a remarkably good photo. It encouraged me to move forward in ULF.

    I am intermixed by your idea of a foldable camera that would be easy to backpack. I think is very possible and could work well to get such a camera into otherwise inaccessible places. I would not try a foam board film holder - something in the kit has to be rigid and well made. I think you could even use relatively lightweight tripod.......if you used guy wires to stabilize the camera body to the ground. I think the whole thing could be under 30 pounds.

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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    I have a very simple DIY method for single sided film holders

    I wrote it up here with pics in DIY at least 8 years ago

    Still works
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    Re: A ULF from a cardboard box?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    I have a very simple DIY method for single sided film holders

    I wrote it up here with pics in DIY at least 8 years ago

    Still works
    Sounds interesting .... do you have a link or reference to your article?

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