Monday, April 16, 2007

Sample pics from the 617 camera

Here at last are some sample pictures from the 617 camera up for sale on ebay right now. I finally figured out how to make a scanner I have access to scan 6x9 from 120 film. These images are three scans pasted together in photoshop to cover the full 17 cm negative. I didn't always get the levels exactly right between the three scans. Any artifacts you see (like the overexposed center of the train tacks picture) are just differences in levels and not artifacts on the negs. These exposures were in the 10-20 second range, depending on the light. The film used was Agfa APX 100.

In the above picture, the power poles truly are leaning outwards - that's not distortion. I find if the camera is kept level you can't even tell it has a curved plane.

You can see pics of the camera itself in the post below.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New 617 curved plane camera

I've built another panoramic pinhole camera for 120 film from ABS. It's similar to my last camera (see the posts below) but with a few improvements. This camera is also up for sale on ebay right now. The camera takes four 6x17 images on 120 roll film. I'll post some pictures taken with it soon (once I contact print some - I don't have a scanner that will do 6x17). The pictures are great, though! I've now had 4 rolls of film through the camera, and everything is working great.

The camera is welded together using ABS cement this time - the result was a very rigid and strong camera! The cloth tape is just for insurance against light leaks - it has no structural role.

The tripod mount is more professionally done this time.

The main difference is that this camera has spring-loaded film winders - so there is no need for a swing-out base. The camera is more solidly constructed as a result. The winders just pop up and the film drops in.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Updated pics of the 6x18 camera

I've put this camera up for sale, so here are some updated pics for potential buyers to see.

The camera with the shutter open.

The camera with the shutter closed.

A view from the back with the red window cover open. I've also put a small aluminum holder for the film box top on the back.

A closeup of the window cover in the closed position. The small label says "2,5,8,11" to remind the user of the correct frame numbers to use in sequence.

The top of the camera with my exposure guide for Fuji Acros 100 and Ilford Pan F+ 50 (my two films of choice). Meter at f16 and the corresponding time at f250 is listed. The two films have different reciprocity failure curves, hence the different times.

Friday, February 09, 2007

First light from the 6x18

Just a quick post to show you the 6x18 camera is working - although my light meter wasn't that day (it had a run-in with a toddler). I now have a new (well, old, actually) light meter but on this day it was "by guess and by golly." These shots are of historic buildings in Fort Langley - the town hall and a CN (Canadian National) train station. I think I'll try some nature shots next.

In other news the f295 calendar is now ready for sale: you can view the spreads on f295, and purchase it at lulu. My image is in the August spread.