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paulbeard
05-23-2006, 02:09 AM
The old Dirkon paper camera kit has been updated by Linatree.

http://www.linatree.com/default.html?lang=en-us&target=d70.html

I never made one of these: might be fun to do with kids.

jvh
05-23-2006, 08:38 AM
It might be fun for all of us! Thank you for link.

earlj
05-23-2006, 09:06 AM
These cameras are not easy to construct well. I found it challenging. To do it right, you need stiff paper and a good craft knife. I think that it is beyond scissors level work. The cameras turn out beautifully, and they take good pictures, as well.

jml
05-23-2006, 11:33 AM
I printed out about 6 copies onto fairly stiff (as stiff as my printer would allow) card. I''l put a reply letting you know if its ends up in the bin or not....

And I'll be using a craft knife or something siomilar Earl.. Thanks for the heads up!

paulbeard
05-23-2006, 11:49 AM
Yeah, I was going to get some card stock before I attempted this. And multiple copies will likely be necessary ;-)

earlj
05-23-2006, 02:23 PM
I bought some black card stock (it can't be too heavy - there's lots of little folds to make) and then used spray adhesive to glue the printed out camera to the card stock. It worked pretty well. I devised a different film winding knob and put in a metal pinhole, but other than that the thing is completely stock. And it really works!

jml
05-24-2006, 07:08 AM
Of course... Stick it to black paper, so you dont have to blacken the inside after its built.. brilliant!!!

Greg_E
05-27-2006, 09:46 PM
Should the needle be poked through from the film side of the camera so that it leaves the cleanest hole, or the image side of the camera? I'm thinking that I'll use a piece of aluminum tape to make the lens.

If you really want to go to extremes, you could print this onto a piece of inkjet coated aluminum. http://www.horizonsisg.com/AlumaJet/default.asp

Anyone have some basic instructions on the use of this camera? I only see a single film winder, so how do you rewind the spool? What about basic exposure times? Yes it's true, I've never used a pinhole camera before.

ImageMaker
05-27-2006, 10:16 PM
Been a while since I looked at the original Dirkon, but I believe it uses a cassette-to-cassette advance, so when you finish your film, you can just open the camera, cut the film, and all the exposed images (except the last one) will be inside the takeup cassette. Far the easiest way to handle 35 mm film in an improvised camera (though I have plans here somewhere for a lens camera that was built around the Karat/Rapid system coreless cassettes).

earlj
05-28-2006, 08:48 AM
Should the needle be poked through from the film side of the camera so that it leaves the cleanest hole, or the image side of the camera? I'm thinking that I'll use a piece of aluminum tape to make the lens.

If you really want to go to extremes, you could print this onto a piece of inkjet coated aluminum. http://www.horizonsisg.com/AlumaJet/default.asp

Anyone have some basic instructions on the use of this camera? I only see a single film winder, so how do you rewind the spool? What about basic exposure times? Yes it's true, I've never used a pinhole camera before.

I installed a pinhole drilled with a hobby drill in Coke can aluminum. I am thinking about putting one of my excellent electron microscope apertures into mine. I would make a good pinhole in metal if you want good pictures. If you want to experience the true paper camera experience, then make the hole in paper. In that case, you will get a fuzzy hole no matter which direction you poke.

I use the camera attached to a tripod. I glued some velcro pile to the bottom, and that attaches to a small board with a 1/4-20 T nut that mounts to my tripod. To keep the camera from shaking while I open the paper shutter, I hold a black piece of matboard over the aperture and then move it away to start the exposure. A hat would work, or your hand.

I use two reusable cassettes for the film. Since I develop my own film, I don't have to worry that the last image is exposed when I open the camera, as I do it in the darkroom. You could easily go into a dark closet, remove the back, pull out both cassettes, and then wind the film back to the original one by hand. If you were using an old used cassette with the tag end for the take up spool, you could remove the tape after you came back out into the light, as all the images would be back in the supply cassette. I think that this is preferable to installing a rewind knob, which would mess up the pretty design of the camera.

earlj
05-29-2006, 09:05 AM
Here are a few shots of my Dirkon. I just loaded up some Tmax and installed a copper electron microscope pinhole. First - the front on the camera. Note the rubber bands that hold the back on.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonfront_56.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonfront_56.jpg)

earlj
05-29-2006, 09:06 AM
Next - the film winder. It is a US 5 cent coin, epoxied to two aluminum keyway pieces from the hardware store.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonprofile_1081.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonprofile_1081.jpg)

earlj
05-29-2006, 09:07 AM
Here is the film path. The take-up cassette is a re-useable Kalt cassette purchased at a camera store.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonback_6338.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonback_6338.jpg)

earlj
05-29-2006, 09:08 AM
And finally, the velcro hook on the bottom of the camera that allows easy attachment to a board on my tripod.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonbottom_3404.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/dirkonbottom_3404.jpg)

staft
05-29-2006, 10:06 AM
this is too, too good. once more i am pushed towards ideas about origami cameras, and cameras made from folded photo paper. leave it to you, oh master of the foamcore box, to transform a paper toy into a serious photo tool!

Greg_E
05-29-2006, 03:59 PM
Thanks, now I have a better idea of what I need to do to make one of these. I need to go get some heavy card stock and maybe black construction paper.

Greg_E
05-30-2006, 11:32 AM
Here is the Dirkon camera, the instructions are a little nicer (you can print them): http://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/dirkon_01.html

Just thought I would throw this in for anyone else who has never made one os these cameras. Also note that the paper sizes are A4, that means there are some tight borders for those of us in the U.S. with our 8.5x11 inch paper. The Linatree is easier to see to cut out. Between the two you'll get a good idea of how to build this.

Neat side track, take a look at the panorama camera at the bottom of this page:
http://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/mycameras.html If the spacing on the holes was a little closer, it looks like it would have provided seamless coverage.