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APLJaK

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03-11-2009 04:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question photography view camera field camera large format

Anyone ever built a view or field camera? I am thinking of starting a 4×5 field camera and was wondering if anyone could offer any expertise. I have found several sites on the ‘net’ regarding similar projects but they all leave me with some questions, especially about lining up the ground focusing glass at the same point as the film plane. Just thought I would ask – a quick search of the site does not reveal a camera.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC


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#1 posted 03-11-2009 05:39 AM

Have you checked out the Bender kits? I thought about building one of those a few years ago, might be a good way to get someone else’s expertise, at least for the first one…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#2 posted 03-11-2009 06:58 AM

Dan

Bender is a very well known name, but unfortunately, as of Nov 2008 I believe they have (temporarily?) suspended operations.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#3 posted 03-11-2009 02:20 PM

Bummer! It’s been a decade or so since I’ve used a view camera, but now you’ve got me thinking about it again. I don’t remember the details of the focus plane alignment (I rented a Toyo for a week). But, in thinking about it, the frosting on the glass is on the interior side, so both the film holder and the glass should fit flush up against the same surface.

Keep us apprised as you build, I’m a digital sort of guy, but the idea of repurposing a scanner to do something like the BetterLight might get me back into something with tilts and shifts.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 08:46 PM

Sounds like an interesting project.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#5 posted 03-14-2009 01:30 AM

Wanted to make sure that you saw Dkol’s pinhole cameras today: Sapele with Maple, and Maple and Walnut wide angle.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#6 posted 03-14-2009 02:32 AM

Hey Dan Thanks

I hadn’t seen the pinhole cameras but I went and took a look. They look very nice.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#7 posted 03-21-2009 07:30 PM

You will find information about construction of flatbed cameras and monorail cameras here:
http://home.online.no/~gjon

My online View Camera Construction FAQ has information about lining up the ground glass.

Jon Grepstad

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#8 posted 11-08-2015 09:42 AM


You will find information about construction of flatbed cameras and monorail cameras here:
http://home.online.no/~gjon

My online View Camera Construction FAQ has information about lining up the ground glass.

Jon Grepstad

- Jon_G

Please note that my website has moved. New URL: http://jongrepstad.com/

Jon Grepstad

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