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taco
07-02-2005, 06:46 PM
I stumbled about this idea when I read the events pages for WPPD 2005
http://www.volkerschuetz.de/pinholeday2005/index.htm
and it took my interest so I started to search for more information. According to Renner (page 73 in the first edition) Julie Schachter made one in the 80th of a hollowed out 1939 "who is who". Another one who did it was Ion Grepstad
http://home.online.no/~gjon/pinstat1.jpg
Seeing the photos of the cameras of Julie Schachter and Ion Grepstad theu both look like large format plan film or paper cameras. Volker Schuetz sent me by mail some hints how to use a book wirh a spool of 135 film and now the 1000 $ question is: has somebody done that before ? Any hints are welcome :)
taco

taco
07-17-2005, 05:29 PM
As nobody could help me up to now, I started on my own. As I didn't want a "one shot" paper camera, I decided to go for film. First thing: look for a suitable film transport mechanisme. I found in a drawer a long forgotten camera that my mother in law once got as a present but never used till her death:

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:30 PM
I opened, dismanteled, cut, sanded etc.

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:31 PM
Till only this was over:

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:37 PM
What you need next is a suitable book, a ruler and a cutter

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:38 PM
Then you can start "carving" till you think that everything is o.k.

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:41 PM
And then I found out tha a) the book was 3 mm to small and b) the film transport handle placed on the wrong side of the book

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:44 PM
So, now I'm starting again: First looking for a bigger book, not finding a suitable hardcover and then deciding to try it with a paperback.

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:48 PM
In my "youth" it was a very interesting book, look at the year of edition. Now it still can (hopefully) serve for something

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taco
07-17-2005, 05:54 PM
To be continued when the book is finished and the first photos shot and put on the net

Josh
07-17-2005, 07:34 PM
Great idea to have a film transport mechanism. I love the idea of putting things inside books, hidden beneath the cover. Would the mechanism have an automatic wind-on? You have an aperture in the book for the shutter advance, how would you operate the rewind or would you not? If the film was simply transported from spool to spool or cassette in the case of 35mm, you would have no need for a rewind.
Perhaps work with examples in paperback until you find a sturdy hardback that rests nicely. I would like to know how you get on with this project, good work so far.

Daryl
07-17-2005, 10:34 PM
Woohoo! :D

Way to go Taco!!

taco
07-18-2005, 06:20 PM
Great idea to have a film transport mechanism. I love the idea of putting things inside books, hidden beneath the cover. Would the mechanism have an automatic wind-on? You have an aperture in the book for the shutter advance, how would you operate the rewind or would you not? If the film was simply transported from spool to spool or cassette in the case of 35mm, you would have no need for a rewind.
Rewinding will indeed be a problem: the rewind knob of this camera is (was) on the wrong side (see photo) ,so I either had to find a book exactly the suitable size which is quite difficult if not impossible or to remove the rewind knob. I can load the camera in daylight but have to unload it in the darkroom. But the little buttom is still there, so I can just press this one and pull the film out of the winding spool
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ImageMaker
07-19-2005, 12:32 PM
Ah. If you can still reinstall the rewind, it might be relatively simple to install extensions on the rewind shaft and release to allow rewinding with the film transport still inside the book.

taco
07-20-2005, 07:52 PM
Ah. If you can still reinstall the rewind, it might be relatively simple to install extensions on the rewind shaft and release to allow rewinding with the film transport still inside the book.
To late, already gone with the garbidge bin direction landfill

taco
10-30-2005, 04:18 PM
Woohoo! :D

Way to go Taco!!

Sorry, Daryl, but I carved and carved and carved and this evening I decided to "throw the towel"
The carcass (of the old camera, not the books) still exists, maybe I'll use it for something different.
By the way: I haven't forgotten the Franka Rolfix Jr., I'm working on it.
For the moment it's only here:
http://taco.thoma.be/gallery/album14
In the meantime I advanced with the camera but not yet on the net. When finished, I'll put some more on the forum