E34 – Lucus Landers

The discussion starts off with a question about the features you would want on a single camera you might have on the desert island with a camera-supplies mini-mart.

This episode’s guest is Lucus Landers, a Brooklyn-based photographer and camera-maker. We learn about how gaffer’s tape bellows on a home-built 4X5 stem from growing up in the great state of Oklahoma. The gaffer’s tape is a recurring theme…

George Daniels writes books about watchmaking that helped Lucus understand the building of gears for a film transport mechanism:



Gear profiles are discussed (cycloidal gear profile and involute gear profile) as Graham’s brain starts to enter a state of bafflement.

Build quality vs. engineering quality is highlighted.

Lucus’s next project is revealed late in the show.

Lucus Landers’ work can be found at LucusLanders.com and on Instagram @cropped_camera

He mentions the instagram account The Daily Mini (@dailymini).

The YouTube channel that features the tear-down of Retinas (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNcopU34d_pGsKTvRzHcsg)

Lucus mentions Penumbra Foundation and their work in the photographic world (https://www.penumbrafoundation.org/)

You can find Lucus at http://lucuslanders.com and on instagram @cropped_camera. His Youtube Videos can be found under cropped_camera.

E33 – Heather Oelklaus

The print version of the Homemade Camera Zine No. 1 is now available for preorder at https://www.cameradactyl.com/homemadecamerapodcast/homemade-camera-zine-no1 . Orders will end on Sept. 22nd, and Zines will ship by October 7th.  There’s a bit of trouble with Squarespace, where if you are in the US/Canada, order as normal, but for UK/EU customers, there’s a $0 where the entire price of the zine and shipping is rolled into the shipping cost ~$23 -$24.


We start off with a conversation about what size of image is the right size of image, given a lack of “standard” sizes that are available today.

We then introduce our guest, Heather Oelklaus, (http://www.camerakarma.com) and talk for a while about her Super-Duper-Uber-Ultra-Large Format Camera, Little Miss Sunshine (https://youtu.be/wsLPJjnq-XY).

Also, Heather builds lots of less-gigantic, but no less beautiful and amazing pinhole cameras, some of which can be seen here: 


During the rambling conversation, we hit on drawing and how it can make you a better photographer, drawing and how it can make you a better camera maker, the reaction of students to the process, how crazy ideas are the best ideas and other really cool stuff. You gotta listen. Seriously, listen.

Photography in a black hole is contemplated as a bit of a bonus.

We discuss the progress we have made or not made toward the self-developing camera challenge.

And we talk about police shields. Yes, seriously.

We got so caught up this time that we forgot to bring up Heather’s excellent anaglyphic work, which Graham and Ethan have special love for.  We’ll have to beg her to come on again to talk about it, but for now, you can see some of her amazing 3D pics at: http://camerakarma.com/#!/2/featured/Anaglyph/196

Heather’s shoutouts: PalominoPinhole.blogspot.com
Jean Steiner, the weaver.