lens wanted & box camera questions

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Chris, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Well, I've finally decided to attempt making my very own old-style wooden
    box camera.

    Having thought about this for quite awhile, I've got some ideas I definately
    want to incorporate into my end design....

    1) Accessory shoes to allow for a variety of parts to be swapped out
    (angle-finder, viewfinder, level, etc..)

    2) If I design my own lens, I'd like to allow it to extend and retract in
    it's own housing, so that not only would a bellows or sliding box allow for
    focus variations, but the lens itself could be re-positioned also.

    3) A BIG *IF* - A lens mount utilizing some form of threaded adapter,
    allowing for a variety of lenses to be changed in or out as needed.


    Also, wondering if anyone has a good source for vintage brass lenses, or
    atleast glass lens elements?

    Chris, Jun 23, 2005
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  2. Chris

    dadiOH Guest

    Just use standard lens boards to mount the lenses with the usual
    retaining ring.


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    dadiOH, Jun 23, 2005
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  3. Chris

    Whiskers Guest

    Good luck with the project :))

    This search might bring up some useful resources:

    The term 'box camera' normally means the early budget-price 'point and
    shoot' fixed-focus devices, such as the Kodak 'Brownie'
    <http://www.boxcameras.com/brown1900.html>. I think what you have in mind
    is more usually described as a 'large format' or 'view' camera.
    Whiskers, Jun 23, 2005
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