The first camera that I built
large format , 5 x 7 inch , monorail camera (based on Cambo 4 x 5 inch)
can be used in panorama mode. I designed special rail to fit 5 x 7
film holder to snugly fit cut 120 size film. Film is cut in dark room
and film inserted in holder. I made special cutting board for this,
I also can cut 8 x 10 inch fit to 5 x 7 inch format, 5 x 7 film is hard
to obtain ( find ). With film holder fit with rail I can take 4 images
6 x 17 cm. To do this I made new mask for
( link to PDF file G_G_5X7A_www.pdf file size 8Kb ) to help me focus
to top section of holder. I close lens and remove the dark slide and
special cut dark slide to mask bottom of film holder, fire the shutter
with a cable release. Remove special (half dark slide) and insert
dark slide turn film holder around and continue as before. Next is to
focus on bottom of film holder, then I close lens and remove the dark
slide and insert special cut dark slide to mask top of film holder,
the shutter with a cable release. Remove special ( half dark slide )
insert normal dark slide turn film holder around and continue as
More information's, images and how to develop strips of film you will
in PDF file 5x7to617.pdf .( I am working on it and will publish on www
later) ( file size 800Kb include new mask for G/G)
7 inch D/D holder with 120 film.
5x7 DD film holder with
rail for 120 film.
Cambo SC 4x5 ,
Cambo SC 4x5 , converted for 5x7
My second camera is based on
maximizing use of 120 roll film. My calculation
give me 4 images and 4 mm spaces. Image size is 56 x 195 mm. Me desire
was to design film holder for this image size. I was told this format
not standard and development laboratory will cut to my images. This
discouragement didn't stop my desire to maximize use of the film.
Finally, I made two film holders and ground glass. To fit film holders
adapted Cambo 4 x 5 SC, I made back standard adapter plate. This
allowed me to take even wider images. With longer monorail
and bellows, lens from 72 mm to 450 mm can
be used. I use 72 mm SUPER-ANGULON XL and 90mm
XL. Components are made from
aluminium (6061) and black satin anodized. I machined them myself.
x 20 film back.
Inside of 6 x
20 film back.
Back made from 6061 Aluminium,
polished and satin anodized. Other materials used Stainless steel,
Brass, Bronze. I have new improved design for 6 x 20 back.
Hand ground Ground glass (grid size
My third camera its "point and shut" based on 6 x 20 film
holders. Again I made back plate to fit 6 x 20 film holders and G/G.
Front frame hold frame which accept Cambo lens board. Back frame have
tripod mount and front can be moved for focusing.
Point & shoot 6 x 20 Camera
components - not yet anodized.
In year 2000 I began designing and building my 300° &
360° panoramic camera. Because of financial difficulties and I was
site track to build others projects, work progress slowly. I will
work on this camera.
Pan_opta 300 & 360
Left : Main body,
plane for 80 mm f2.8 CZJ Biometar MC lens.
Far right: 360° film
plane for 50 mm f4
Flektogon MC lens.
Lens will be mounted on body where is blue dye. Image size will be for
80mm lens (for
300°) 418mm and for 50mm lens (for 360°) 314mm.
The frustration is that I have even more designs for panorama cameras
and film holders, no time and money to build them. The results though
be improved greatly.
Designs in progress:
- 6 x 13 film holder for new Panoramic camera ( 5 images on film)
- 6 x 12 film holder for 4x5 camera (under G/G).
- 6 x 17 film holder for 5x7 camera (under G/G).
Other cameras I use:
- Pinhole photography, BW paper as negative and contact printing.
5 x 7 Cambo SC with reduction for 4 x 5. Pentagon six, 6 x
6 ( 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 ).
Image of Cambo 5x7 and
4x5 reduction back.
Image of Pentacon six.
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