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    Cameo 637 Launch

    Here are some shots of my new Cameo 637. This is an evolution in the Cameo 625 line. You can see details about the Cameo 625 here:
    http://f295.f295.org/uploads/Blah.pl?b-cm/m-1172343862/s-0/

    The overall size of the camera is almost identical to the 625. 4.75” x 5.5” x 2.25” (width x height x depth). Weight 1.25 lbs. Film size, 120 roll film.
    With a .28mm pinhole in place it is about f128.

    The main differences from the 625 are:
    - Negative dimension is 60mm x 37mm (w x h). This is slightly ‘taller’ than the 625, which will make it easier to ‘aim and frame.’ But fewer 637 negatives will fit on a 120 roll, approx 15 to 16 negs on the 637 (vs. approx 22 on the 625)
    - No plywood used in the construction, all solid oak (except the front which is masonite, covered by the colored paper). It looks nicer.
    - I’m now using a continuous piano hinge and recessing it so the knuckles of the hinge don’t protrude beyond the wood. Also looks nicer.
    - I finally found a commercial latch that I like. This is a bit costly, but making and mounting the latch was the most time consuming step on the 625 model.
    - I have improved the tripod screw-plate. On the 625 I used a press-in fitting. Those tend to pull out slightly after repeated use (about 1/64” or so in my experience, not a problem, but not entirely satisfactory). The new model has a 1/4”-thick steel plate that is very firmly screwed into the camera body.
    - The way the camera back fits into the frame on the new 637 is different (better). It is more elegant looking, and forms a light-tight seal that does not depend on the foam sheet.

    I just ran the first test roll of film through the camera this morning and will post the ‘evidence’ later today.

    As with the 625 I plan to make a few of these for sale. Send me an email if you would like more info.
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    A view of the back and the side with the latch and strap attachment.

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    A close-up of the winder and other hardware.

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    Here's an image of the inside when it was in rough form. You can see the rabbets where the lid fits.

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    Inside shot, finished.

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    And finally, a nearly square-on view of the front. Note that I can put any image on the front. This is a piece of fancy hand-made wrapping paper (purchased, not made by me!).

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    i love it!
    the only thing that 'sort of bothers me' --& considering the other fine attention to detail I'm sure there's good reason-- is that the front image is off center.... any thoughts?
    otherwise it's fantastic!

    after seeing the 625 at the symposium I always meant to but procrastinated ordering one, now I'm glad i did
    i urge all fellow f295'rs to step up and support a great camera maker (and pretty nice guy!)

    PM sent...

    tp

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    What a delightful looking camera Mark. Everything has been well thought out (and executed). Your 625 was an inspiration to me so thanks for showing your new model. More inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1446
    ...the front image is off center.... any thoughts? tp
    It's a question of form following function. One side of the 'frame' (the box) is thinner than the others. I use a router to make a recess for the front of the camera (a piece of masonite). The paper I put on the front is cut the same size as the masonite. I could just as easily make it a bit wider so it would be symmetrical.
    Thanks for the kind words Tom & Tony!
    Mark

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    It works.
    Here are 3 shots from the test roll. Tri-X film. All of these indoor under fairly weak light on a gloomy day. Each of these was 30 seconds exposure. Attached files

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