Cameras

Two 12×12′ We Plate cameras built, one of them for sale

Hi, We haven’t posted pictures of new cameras for a while. So now here they are two at once. First was build for Alessandro Damino in Holland. Second, identical construction, but different look was build without special order and now she is waiting for her new best friend. They have been build of cherry, with geared focusing of both standards,  with rise and fall in front and swing and tilt in back, they both have about 950mm of bellows draw and they both are light enough to be handled by single, although robust, tripod.

First the Alessandro’s camera, finished in almost natural cherry colour with dark brown bellows.

And second, the camera for sale, finished in Ebony, with Gold-ish bellows.

the price is 3k€ and includes a personalised or non personalised nameplate.  As always, two lens-boards and a plate holder capable to accept a square plate of 305/305 mm. are included too.

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The elusive tapered bellows with square corners

Hi, After long and unproductive search of information for geometrical way of constructing a tapered bellows with square corners we decided that we’ll try to make it according to the information in the Deardorff pdf files, which we’ve found on the site of the master Kurt Mottweiler. Although much more challenging and time consuming and after a long period of efforts in understanding the method, our work was crowned with success and here it is the result:

Our next two cameras will be with this type of bellows and we’ll be able to show them to our audience very soon.

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The result

Haven’t been able to post in a long time mostly because of the shear difficulty of  this project. The camera, together with its stand and a silver nitrate tank in a box are now finished and a build of a new 12×12″ camera have been started. We have learned a lot from it especially how hard is to build such a large equipment with the means which we have in possession. I sincerely hope that the new owner will like it and use it an we wish him many beautiful images.

The camera shoots maximum plates of 610×610 mm  and have bellows draw of 2m with two auxiliary standards, one ow witch is removable together with one part of the bellows. The lens board is 250mm square and the front standard is strong enough to support a lens of more then 10kg. The stand is heavy and permits to position the from 1m up to 2,2m above the ground. Its platform tilts backwards aprox. 45 deg. and forwards 90 deg. so the camera could be put vertically pointing down. It is also fold-able for transportation.

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Some follows up from yesterday

Yesterday, was not very exciting day in the workshop. Glued some more frames, nothing interesting to show there and while watching the glue drying, finished the new glueing jig and added some new futures to the existing one. At first, two picture from the hinge bending device and the hinges for the holder door and next the finishing of the glueing jig. As you can see we drilled two holes in every corner. One threaded and one plain. The white pads are made of soft plastic and attached to the corners with double sided sticky tape. This device is a bit hard to work with, but I love it because it very rarely gives a displacement in the diagonals of the frame which is essential!

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