Monday, March 23, 2009
Parts and pieces from Home Depot to assemble the pieces and provide a light block. Any parts and pieces will do, this is just what I used on this particular contraption. I have 5 other contraption of various materials, centered around the idea of it being a lightweight contraption (I'm small in height and mass) and it needed to be strong and stable for travel.
Parts are plumbing ring bracket, Paul Mitchell shampoo bottle, handle, aluminum strip cut to length (17"), Nikon D70, Nikkor Macro 60mm, balsa wood parts cut to fit cavity of Argus to secure tube to base camera. I forgot to include the 58mm rubber hood in this photos.
Image captured through the viewfinder of an Ansco Rediflex + Nikon D2H
Monday, September 8, 2008
Unfortunately, the clamp added more height than I needed, so now I have to raise the Argus up off the back board another 1/4" or so. Good thing she said ok to the extra weight and size, this puppy is growing!
Posted by Val Cox at 7:53 AM
I drilled some holes in the back panel of the Argus and am securing it to the temporary backbrace in order to do some test shots, and varify the distance from camera to camera before I cut and drill into the aluminum back brace.
Posted by Val Cox at 7:51 AM
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Not nearly as sharp as the Argus, but for size, weight and alignment, it's my likely choice of base camera for her.
Captured through the viewfinder Canon EOS 30D + Starflex
I put the Canon on the edge of the table, so I can view, and move the Starflex the correct distance. While viewing, I hold the flower over to Starflex to take a test shot.
The funny thing is my mom likely thought she would have her Canon back in a couple days--I hope she's not waiting by the mailbox for it's return.
Posted by Val Cox at 10:03 AM
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
I have my mom's Canon EOS 30D and 60mm macro lens on a temporary backbrace (shown on bottom) which I’m sizing it up to find the right viewfinder base camera for her.
The positioning of the lens on the Canon body poses a challenge, because it’s lower than I'm used to—this will make using an Argus 75 difficult because of the positioning of the viewfinder.
Note the (top photo) Nikon D70 with 60mm lens has about ¾” clearance from lens to back board. Her Canon EOS 30D with 60mm lens (bottom photo) has less than ¼” clearance.
I have a couple options in building this contraption, I can raise the Canon up off the base, or I can use a different viewfinder camera.
This much I know:
My mom wants a base viewfinder that’s very clean and clear (she's not into the dusty ttv's). She wants the total contraption lightweight and small because she uses this camera out and about when photographing people and events in Vermont. She wants to be able to remove the Canon easily and quickly when she doesn’t want to shoot ttv style.
This narrows my options a little, so I'm thinking about the Starflex viewfinder camera instead of the Argus 75.
Posted by Val Cox at 8:38 AM
Lower row: Brownie Starflex on left, Brownie Reflex on right.
The Brownie Reflex could work well and be very simple to build a contraption because of the flat back and ease in disassembling/reassembling. I have 4 of these, but each one has a very dusty lens and moldy mirror. This isn’t the look she wants. Besides this is a very heavy camera, so it’s the second strike against it for my mom’s contraption.
The Starflex is a candidate because of the viewfinder position, and I have one that is very clean and clear, still in the original 1950's store package. My mom will like the bright clarity of this viewfinder and especially the lightweight.
The Starflex poses many more contruction issues because there are no flat panels. This body is all curves with odd viewfinder angles. Building the contraption to house it will be more work, but in the end, I think it’s my best choice.
Posted by Val Cox at 8:37 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Posted by Val Cox at 6:10 AM
The second step is to finish this thing within a few weeks, or she's be going through ttv withdraws, and that's not a good thing.
Once the light block housing gets under construction, this back brace will change, and it will have a handle on the back side, all in shiny black!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Posted by Val Cox at 5:12 AM