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Thread: Article: Turn an Old Enlarger into a Camera - The Omega Frankencam

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    Omega Frankencam

    Somebody was throwing away an old Omega 35mm enlarger, so I harvested the monorail segment and made some additions. I found these quirky 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" single sheet film holders on ebay for a steal, a set of lenses whose threads fit an Ilex shutter I had in a box (lenses were $18, turn out to be about 90mm focal length).

    I'm still working on a tripod mount solution... either milled directly into the bottom of the brass rod just behind the lensboard, or a separate chunk that slips on over the nose of the rod?

    Test shots came out well this afternoon (I didn't scan them in, just a ship at the harbor) shooting wide open (it's only setting - no iris in the shutter for controlling aperture size).

    Film holders swap out with a piece of frosted acrylic for composing. Due to my tool selection and lack of confidence cutting perfect donuts with a hand-saw in brass, I've settled for a half-ring out of thin stock so I can have my shutter speeds marked off... until I can find a local machinist who can cut out a full shutter ring for the front end out of something a little beefier. Attached files

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    Front end:

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    Omega Frankencam

    Hehehe i have an old macro bellows laying around that i was wondering if i could somehow use in a camera. The fact that it's a straight bellows has kept me until now, but this seems a good way to go about it.
    Quite eager to see the results of it.

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    I cannot recommend it more highly... it's great fun building the back end! I'm hoping to have the tripod mount machined out by early next week before I leave for out of town, and might be able to post a few test shots then?

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    Omega Frankencam

    The Omega D2 makes a great 4x5 camera, too! Here is a link to an old post here about my home made "omegacam". I shot with it for quite a while, getting great results. Mostly with a couple different Wollensak enlarger lenses. I was mostly shooting at night, so no need for a shutter, and I could stop it down for different depths of field.

    http://f295.f295.org/uploads/Blah.pl?m-1291578083/

    Not too sure about the best way to go about making a tripod mount for yours... seems keeping it balanced would be a tricky prospect.

    Have fun!

    dm

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    Omega Frankencam

    Just made one from an old enlager i totally forgot about. i can shoot max 6x6 with it if i use the space for the negative carrier to put my photopaper.
    Since i use photopaper i just use the red safe flip thingy as a shutter.

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    Just returned from Mexico, and managed to get the Frankencamera and it's cadre of paper negatives back and forth across two borders. All shots are on Arista VCRC negatives, unflashed... I was shooting at a printmaking residency and artist center in Coatepec, Veracruz.

    Interior of a studio with an etching press... Attached files

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    Hollander...
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    Outside looking into the paper-making studio...

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    Inside the paper-making studio the next day...
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