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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Dirk, these are superb! No other word for them. As one who plays around with camera builds I can see a level of finish that I always strive for but seldom meet. I also have a Linhof branded 65/8 Super Angulon which I've thought would be good in a homemade camera. I've had great results with this lens in a 6x9 camera. Well done.

    James, I recently got some grade 2 Fomaspeed paper especially for paper negatives. It's a long time since I did a paper neg and I'm looking forward to getting into it. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    This and your newer post are inspiring

    Did you see the results of paper reversal recently from member Pound?

    Quote Originally Posted by James R. Kyle View Post
    Thank you.....Attachment 204624

    Just added This "bad-boy".... No shutter - But I did build a "Front f-Stop "Waterhouse" Slide-In aperture attachment - And in that, I am using Photo Paper as a "film-base". It works very well. Just a lens cap like the photographers of the 19th century did. :-)
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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Dirk, these are superb! No other word for them. As one who plays around with camera builds I can see a level of finish that I always strive for but seldom meet. I also have a Linhof branded 65/8 Super Angulon which I've thought would be good in a homemade camera. I've had great results with this lens in a 6x9 camera. Well done.

    Thanks so much Barry!
    Last edited by DirkFletcher; 4-Sep-2020 at 17:54.

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    I wanted a wooden 8x10 camera la Shenhao, Tachihara, Deardorff etc. With lots of shiny parts.
    Since I have a well equipped workshop (I also build guitars) I started to plan. First I bought some film holders and a lens on eBay. I decided to improvise and didn't make a detailed construction drawing. Just some raw calculations. I looked for as many pictures as possible and started to combine elements of some cameras. I started with the frame and decided step by step how to build the next part. I painted the wooden parts with wood glaze, smoothed them with steel wool, waxed and polished them.
    The metal parts were cut from aluminium profiles (not anodized), partly milled and polished. Different knurled nuts (m6, m6 and m4) I found in the hardware store, so at least this one did not have to be turned.
    I was able to make a bellows myself (tedious job), but it was not flexible enough (too thick material used), so I finally used it for my DIY 8x10 enlarger. I bought than a custom made 8x10 bellows on Aliexpress. The camera is with 33cm width a bit bigger than the models I had looked at. That's because in the beginning I made the self-made bellows 1.5-2cm wider than usual. That resulted in the width of the frame. Difficulties to find a suitable gear rack for the micro-focusing gave me the idea to use a GT2 belt (often used in 3D printers) and appropriate pulleys. I got is done in 4 weeks (about 3h per day in my workshop) as I wanted to test it as soon as possible.

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Very nice and elegant!

    I like the Belt focus, zero lash

    If we use 100 hours of custom shop labor at $100 to $200 per or more...

    I realize you may have more spare time in your personal business

    What is next?

    Quote Originally Posted by elgatosuizo View Post
    I wanted a wooden 8x10 camera la Shenhao, Tachihara, Deardorff etc. With lots of shiny parts.
    Since I have a well equipped workshop (I also build guitars) I started to plan. First I bought some film holders and a lens on eBay. I decided to improvise and didn't make a detailed construction drawing. Just some raw calculations. I looked for as many pictures as possible and started to combine elements of some cameras. I started with the frame and decided step by step how to build the next part. I painted the wooden parts with wood glaze, smoothed them with steel wool, waxed and polished them.
    The metal parts were cut from aluminium profiles (not anodized), partly milled and polished. Different knurled nuts (m6, m6 and m4) I found in the hardware store, so at least this one did not have to be turned.
    I was able to make a bellows myself (tedious job), but it was not flexible enough (too thick material used), so I finally used it for my DIY 8x10 enlarger. I bought than a custom made 8x10 bellows on Aliexpress. The camera is with 33cm width a bit bigger than the models I had looked at. That's because in the beginning I made the self-made bellows 1.5-2cm wider than usual. That resulted in the width of the frame. Difficulties to find a suitable gear rack for the micro-focusing gave me the idea to use a GT2 belt (often used in 3D printers) and appropriate pulleys. I got is done in 4 weeks (about 3h per day in my workshop) as I wanted to test it as soon as possible.

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Very nice and elegant!

    I like the Belt focus, zero lash

    If we use 100 hours of custom shop labor at $100 to $200 per or more...

    I realize you may have more spare time in your personal business

    What is next?
    Thanks...
    Nah... I didn't worked on it at weekends. so it was about 60h of work. Building things in my home workshop is my hobby: so it's 60h of fun for me. Actually I'm building small stuff: cutomized enlarging frames (for black borders), FB paper drying frames and a motorized rotator for jobo tanks. Next bigger project isn't LF related (guitars again).

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    Re: Show us your home made camera...

    Quote Originally Posted by elgatosuizo View Post
    I wanted a wooden 8x10 camera la Shenhao, Tachihara, Deardorff etc. With lots of shiny parts.
    Since I have a well equipped workshop (I also build guitars) I started to plan. First I bought some film holders and a lens on eBay. I decided to improvise and didn't make a detailed construction drawing. Just some raw calculations. I looked for as many pictures as possible and started to combine elements of some cameras. I started with the frame and decided step by step how to build the next part. I painted the wooden parts with wood glaze, smoothed them with steel wool, waxed and polished them.
    The metal parts were cut from aluminium profiles (not anodized), partly milled and polished. Different knurled nuts (m6, m6 and m4) I found in the hardware store, so at least this one did not have to be turned.
    I was able to make a bellows myself (tedious job), but it was not flexible enough (too thick material used), so I finally used it for my DIY 8x10 enlarger. I bought than a custom made 8x10 bellows on Aliexpress. The camera is with 33cm width a bit bigger than the models I had looked at. That's because in the beginning I made the self-made bellows 1.5-2cm wider than usual. That resulted in the width of the frame. Difficulties to find a suitable gear rack for the micro-focusing gave me the idea to use a GT2 belt (often used in 3D printers) and appropriate pulleys. I got is done in 4 weeks (about 3h per day in my workshop) as I wanted to test it as soon as possible.

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