Episode 01, The FrankenBessa

the Frankenbessa finished
The finished FrankenBessa with Schneider 65mm f8 and the 65mm viewfinder.

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Episode 01, The FrankenBessa

The second episode (after Episode 00, The Manifesto), Nick and Graham discuss Graham’s creation the FrankenBessa, a camera made from the body of a Voigtlander Bessa 6X9 120 camera and a lens designed for 4X5 cameras.

Graham refers to the K-Pan 6X14cm camera designed by Paul Kohlhaussen as an inspiration for the project. As the FrankenBessa project moved forward, it returned closely to that original inspiration (though in a smaller format) as the final project uses the same hyperfocal setup as the K-Pan.

Later on, Nick introduces the Garbage Cam Challenge wherein each participant creates a camera (pinhole or lensed) from junk laying about the house and uses it for various upcoming photographic assignments. No part of the camera can use a part that was designed for use in a camera with the exception of 35mm film canisters for film transport.

template for a lens cone glude to aluminum stock
The lens cone (pyramid?) template glued to the aluminum stock.
aluminum lens cone placed on a Voigtlander Bessa body.
The aluminum lens cone attached to the Bessa body with gaffer’s tape. This lens cone was for the 103mm Trioptar mounted to a helicoid (see next picture).
Camera with lens
The 103mm Trioptar mounted to the body via a M42-M42 helicoid focusing mechanism.
a color picture of a brick abandoned building
An example of the FrankenBessa in use: 65mm f8 Schneider-Kreuznach Super-Angulon, Lomography 100 Color Print Film, home processed using a Unicolor C-41 kit. Scanned with an Epson V-600 and adjusted in Photoshop.

Episode 00, The Homemade Camera Podcast Manifesto

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In the first episode of The Homemade Camera Podcast, Nick and Graham talk about what it means to modify or build a camera and what kinds of modifications and builds they like to tackle.

Graham mentions a photo by Lance that uses 35mm film in a 4X5 camera that is quite interesting.

Nick talks about his Mercury modular camera and the goal of creating a universal system where almost any lens can be mated to almost any film format.

 

And so we begin.

Nick and Graham have started a podcast. We will be talking about building our own cameras, modifying existing cameras and photography in general. Episode 1 will be recorded and uploaded shortly.

In addition, we will provide you with resources for building your own cameras, modifying them a lot or a little, and for photography in general.

If you would like to get in touch with us you can through our email addresses: Nick@HomemadeCamera.com and Graham@HomemadeCamera.com.