View Full Version : foamcore field camera progress

06-12-2006, 07:58 PM
This is my foamcore 5 x 8 inch field camera project with new black bellows. Not as neat as I would like, but light-tight. The foamcore film holder works pretty well when I load it right. I'm figuring next weekend to go out and make something other than test photos with it.

Earlj may inspire me to a wooden version later on. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/4_film_holder_2885.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/4_film_holder_2885.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/6_film_holder_on_camera_1786.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/6_film_holder_on_camera_1786.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/8_camera_w_new_bellows_7460.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/8_camera_w_new_bellows_7460.jpg)

06-12-2006, 09:48 PM
Not as neat as I would like, but light-tight.

Well, in the end that is what really counts. Each camera I have made or remade has led me a little father down the path. Some are more successful than others but all have taught me something.

We await some images with baited breath!

06-13-2006, 05:21 PM
That's super cool! Is that a slot for interchangeable lens boards?

06-13-2006, 07:17 PM
This is real nice! Your film holder looks just like my 5x8 black foam core holder, except my darkslide is on the side rather than the top.

Do you have a viewfinder? I built a viewfinder made to be the same size as the film holder, with a sheet of frosted plastic, positioned at the same plane as the negative in the holder would be when mounted on the camera. After composing and focusing, I remove the viewfinder frame and insert the film holder.

Great job, now let's see some pictures!

06-13-2006, 07:56 PM
The other problem is that the paper is pretty stiff so it interferes with keeping the front standard perpendicular.

Keeping the front standard perpendicular is not that big a deal, in my book. It might make your light fall off or vignetting off-center, but that just adds to the charm. You are not worried about convergence, or you would have designed in some movements (now there's a trick with foamcore!). Another alternative to jvc's viewfinder is to make a ground glass holder to match your film holder - out of foamcore, of course. Then you can use your 'lensboard' slot to slide in your viewing hole, and then swap it for the pinhole when you have the shot framed.

06-13-2006, 11:54 PM
you people are amazing.

06-14-2006, 12:24 AM
Thanks all for the comments.

Yes, that is a slot for interchangable apertures.

And, of course this falls into that great minds category, here is a shot of the "ground glass" as JVC and Earlj mentioned. There is a hood also, which right now is sorta makeshift.

The "out the back door" test shots follow.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/10_ground_glass_4032.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/10_ground_glass_4032.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/2_front_standard_2468.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/2_front_standard_2468.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/12_first_shots_6351.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/12_first_shots_6351.jpg)