DIY 6×17 Panoramic Film Camera

An ongoing project, this homemade 6×17 panoramic camera is not something that will win a beauty contest but the photos it takes are amazing! The body is mostly built out of 2mm aircraft grade aluminum and the lens is a wide Caltar W-II  90mm, something that would normally be on a 4×5 camera. He does a great image comparison between the results from this camera and a Nikon D200 to show the leap in quality. I love pages like this, the inspiration they give make browsing the web well worth it.

diy 6×17 camera

The Itinerant Photographer – The Ultimate DIY Photo Studio

I’m fascinated by these cameras. They are an entire photo studio in a box. The photographer uses a hood on the back of the camera to compose and focus and image on the ground glass inside the large box. Once the image is set, the camera is made light tight and the film ( photographic printing paper) is placed on the focal plane. An exposure is made and the photographer reaches inside the camera via a light proof sleeve and develops the paper in the chemistry that is contained in the box. the result is a paper negative that can be re-photographed to produce a positive print. So far this is the best collection of these remarkable cameras I’ve ever come across. They are still used in parts of the world where minilabs and digital cameras are rare.

[Via MAKE]

The Cuban Polaroid

Mystery Camera and the Film From Within…

Every once in a while I’ll stumble across a ‘classic’ camera when I visit the local second hand store. I recently picked up a Kodak Duaflex IV that was in pretty bad shape. The faux leather case was hard and cracked, there is rust on anything that could rust and weird corrosion on whatever wasn’t rusty but the lenses looked OK and the shutter moved. I was thinking that this would be a great camera to pull apart for the glass and shutter mechanism. I’ve been doing an on again off again search for simple camera shutters for my own creations, the Kodak looked to be a likely source. I’d rather have a nice Copal or Zeiss shutter from a folding camera but this would do.
How I managed not to open it while I was at the store is beyond me. If I had I would have noticed the exposed roll of vintage 620 format Kodacolor-X that was neatly waiting for someone to process it. Continue reading “Mystery Camera and the Film From Within…”

BeetleCam Wildlife PhotoBot

Very neat. I once did this with an old VHS-C camcorder and was fascinated by the results. Watching video shot with a wide angle lens that is only six inches off the ground is actually quite captivating.

“We booked a trip to Tanzania and set about designing, building and testing BeetleCam. The first step was to get up to speed on the necessary robotics and electronics that would be required to build such a vehicle from scratch. Having conducted some research, we sourced components from around the world. Construction then began in earnest with sawing, soldering, sewing and super gluing taking place around the clock in Will’s garage.”

Burrard-Lucas Blog Wildlife Photography.

via MAKE

LOREO 3D Lens in a Cap

Normally I don’t like the idea of using a beam splitter to take 3D photos but this lens from Loreo looks like it has a few features that would change my mind.

“3D photographers will be familiar with trying to take closeup photographs with wide image pitch 3D devices. The 3D effect depends on the parallax between left and right images, but too much parallax makes for unnatural 3D, which is difficult to fuse. A 3D lens with a 50mm stereo base is very good for 3D photographs in which the subject is 1.5 – 3 meters away. At the same distance, a 90mm stereo base 3D lens would produce image pairs with excessive parallax, where left and right images are too wide apart to fuse. The 50mm stereo base lens however would not be capable of producing spectacular 3D at 5 meters or more away.”

The parallax compensation while focusing is the big thing that got my attention. As the ad copy says excessive parallax will mess up a 3D photo. My only wish would be that the lens would communicate it’s f-stop to a digital camera so you could use aperture priority to make it easier for faster shooting.

LOREO 3D Lens in a Cap 9005.

The Awesome Beauty of Time Lapse DSLR video…

Stomacher – Untitled/Dark Divider from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

Using well over 20,000 photos (most are three photo high dynamic range composites) photographer Sean Stiegemeier used the motorized head from a telescope (broke two doing the entire video) to create these beautiful motion control shots for this music video. The video for the band “Stomacher” was shot on Canon 5D, 5DmkII, Anamorphic 35mm. I hope to have more information about this video in the future. Make sure you see the high def version of the video!
More of Sean Stiegemeier’s videos on Vimeo.