Spam Camera with Rangefinder!
Admin Note: In the run up to Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day we thought we'd crawl through the F295 archives and dig up some fun lensless cameras participants have built. The camera made from a Spam camera never gets old (the Spamera?) ! This one even has a viewfinder and tripod mount! What!?!
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It's ugly, it scratches negatives, but it's SpamCam! :P
50mm focal length
.3mm EMS (Electron Microscope aperture?) Pinhole
6x6.5cm or so image area
I built the film transport from what I had around the house. Black foam core bottom. Found a little flag in a kitchen drawer and took the stick to make the film guides and spool posts for the bottom. Everything is epoxy'd together because I LOVE epoxy! The cover is a piece of black mat board, I placed some light seal foam around the top edge and the cover sits on that. It seems to be doing it's job. The nicest piece is the film advance. I had a thumbscrew bolt, I don't know the real name, and I used a dremel tool on it until it was nicely shaped and fit under the lid. There is some felt type light seal material on both sides of the cover where the advance screw goes through. The knob is WAY oversized, again, it is what I had around and the only knob that fit. The tripod mount is a 1/4" 20 standard tripod thread fitting that I found a couple years ago in the hardware store. More epoxy.
If I line up the start mark on the 120 film at the left film guide post, it is 6 3/4 turns until frame 1 is perfectly centered. I have not figured out the spacing yet between frames, 2 turns is too much. If I use this camera a whole lot more, I will put a frame window in the back so I can see what I am doing.
Rubber bands keep the lid on, and I have a square viewfinder from an obsolete Holga Polaroid back (damn you Polaroid for discontinuing Series 80!!!!!) and all the other films too ??)
The viewfinder is pretty accurate unless you are shooting close.
No Shutter other than black tape and my finger. Attached files
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