Hi! I just posted in reddit and saw your website and am very interested in attempting to learn/create one or a few of your diy cameras. Natually i have many questions about this as i have used cameras before, 35mm and slr but not to the extent of knowing the shutter speed, lighting, aperature as well as development of negatives, etc. Basically for now, i would like to acheive an inexpensive way to create a camera, i may have some old lens around from my dads photography collection. A few questions; 1) do you have a breakdown of exact materials used? I know u mentions 3mm triplex wood, but not sure where to find this? Once i find a laser-cutting place for free, do i just give them the pdf with cutting blueprints and they'll know what to do? Costs for everything? 2) what kind of lenses works best for these cameras? Maybe if i find some, can u tell me if they can work? Or what other materials can be used? 3) What kind of film do you use? Regular 35mm? 4) Developing film? Whats the best way? Alternative methods? I'm sorry for all the questions, i am just very excited and interested in this project. Please let me know if theres anything else you can add that may aid in starting this project. Many Thanks, Ty
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I too would love some help getting started. Any kits that are recommended
Understandable questions! You're not the first to ask me some of these questions, so I'll start working on a full-on introduction for beginners tomorrow. It might take a few days, but you'll be the first to know. If there are any more questions right now, do let them know and I'll try to incorporate them into the text. On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:39 PM, dannyl.mathews <email obscured>> wrote:
I'm curious about the basics of getting started as well - what are the basics I need to build a camera? Thanks for making this available!
This is amazing. I always wanted to take the photo classes in high school where you got to build your own camera. Couple of questions I'm wondering about: Once I find a lab with a lazer cutting machine how do I go about casually convincing them to cut these pieces for me. I feel like cold calling isn't going to get me very far. Any recommended development kits or is there such thing as buying single or using traditional film in these cameras? Word. this is awesome. I hope you go to bed every night knowing you created something pretty damn cool. That's the dream.
Hey Jeff. I found a place online that does lazer cutting and have requested a quote to for the 6x6 back and pin hole parts out of 3mm bamboo ply. I'll let you know what they come back with in terms of cost. Maybe you could do the same in your area. Its was simply a matter of sending them the files.
I've been itching to put my darkroom to use again. [sans the enlarger, which, due to tight quarters, is a relief!] It's been on hiatus through the struggle with the ease of digital. I have been dreaming about pinhole [focal cameras] for some time now. Building a reusable, sustainable one is thrilling. The beauty of photography is the simple exposing of light and shape essentially burning the negative true, rather than simply image capture [digital]. So with that said, I am presuming that the film, thus the 'negative' is unexposed photo [darkroom] paper? Please, correct me if I'm wrong. Have you come across anyone having difficulty in developing the negative into a positive? Please add me to the list of learning news. thanks much!
Wow! I had no idea such resources were available. I would love to be kept informed as things progress. I love having projects to make things (to be quite honest I would rather be sanding or gluing parts of a camera kit than doing my housework!) Please include me in your introduction for beginners. I have taken so many shots over the years ~ so many negatives that will never get printed ~ I am far more interested in why's and how's. ~ to me a negative would be far more meaningful if I had more input into its creation. I found out about this from the Facebook page of alternative photographic processes. Looking forwards to further contact, Jo
@frannyjoyce: Incorrect, rather than using darkroom paper it uses a roll of medium format film, so you could use a traditional enlarger (Or make one with the parts), or use methods like contact printing. @Kane & Jeff & others looking for services: Please be aware that if you go for services where you send in the files and they do it for you, you'll have to pay a fair amount! What you want to look for is a fab-lab where you have free access to the machines. These are not places where you give them the files, but rather, where you come in and they teach you how to use them and you do it yourself. These machines are surprisingly simple, you simply put in your material and set the right settings, load the file and hit run. Places such as fablabs however do not generally condone commercial runs of products (i.e. 100 necklaces) and that's why you can find such commercial services where you end up sending in your files and they do the rest; but you do pay a fair bit for that service. Sites like https://www.fablabs.io have an overview (Albeit not complete) of spaces where you might be able to do this for free. Thanks for all the interest! For the questions regarding general how-to's: I'll be writing that up this week. On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 8:07 AM, johumberstone <email obscured>> wrote:
> Wow! I had no idea such resources were available. I would love to be > kept informed as things progress. I love having projects to make things > (to be quite honest I would rather be sanding or gluing parts of a camera > kit than doing my housework!) Please include me in your introduction for > beginners. > I have taken so many shots over the years ~ so many negatives that will > never get printed ~ I am far more interested in why's and how's. ~ to me a > negative would be far more meaningful if I had more input into its creation. > I found out about this from the Facebook page of alternative photographic > processes. > Looking forwards to further contact, > Jo > -- > > Read the whole topic here: Focal Camera: > http://lurk.org/r/topic/3vXofTreZLmSlzc3xDNG4u > > To leave Focal Camera, email <email obscured> with the > following email subject: unsubscribe >
Hi guys! Thanks Mathijs for the amazing resources you made available... It must have been a lot of work! Anyone from London interested in meeting up and helping each other? There's a great Fab Lab here in London that let you use their laser cutter for a very cheap fee (it's very easy to use). I'm planning to get cracking on this project next week and I'll post updates here... Thanks again all the best Dan
Hi everyone, howesome project !!! I am planning to find a fablab next week here in Paris and make it happen ! thanks you for these amazing ressources
Hi First, I want to tell that I'm totally new in cameras but I have a big interest. So I found the laser-cutting machin and material but looking at the examples I can see that some of them consists of three details (which you can find in downloads) and some of lots of them. Could you please tell me, which details are necessary for camera to work?
Hello! I'm still in the progress of writing up a starter's guide on these topics, however if you would like to get started, it is never a bad idea to start from the start: With just the 6x6 film back and a pinhole module, resulting in a camera like this; http://focalcamera.com/images/full/example-11.jpg , to familiarize yourself with the processes involved. Hope that helps for now! Mathijs.
On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 7:59 AM, crease7ori <email obscured>> wrote: > Hi > First, I want to tell that I'm totally new in cameras but I have a big > interest. So I found the laser-cutting machin and material but looking at > the examples I can see that some of them consists of three details (which > you can find in downloads) and some of lots of them. Could you please tell > me, which details are necessary for camera to work? > -- > > Read the whole topic here: Focal Camera: > http://lurk.org/r/topic/5pGpbl1eDJanXwMrL9BDZl > > To leave Focal Camera, email <email obscured> with the > following email subject: unsubscribe >