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Homemade 8×10 Camera Created with Foam Core and Rubber Bands

This foam core 8×10 camera was created by Daire Quinlan, the same guy that attached a 90 year old lens to his camera with homemade bellows.

The lens is an Industar 37 Russian large format 300mm designed for their FKD cameras. The shutter is a Sinar, takes standard 8×10 film holders.

Quinlan exposes onto photo paper instead of film, and focuses the camera by sliding the rear box forward and backward.

Here are some photographs Quinlan created using the camera. The portraits require the subject to stay still for pretty long periods of time (e.g. 8 seconds):


Image credits: Photographs by Daire Quinlan and used with permission


 
  • dawn beirnes

    OH man, I hope I can comment here for the awesome backpack! My favorite movie is “Steel Magnolias”. Why you ask? Because it’s full of sassy, stubborn, and awesome southern chicks. And I’m a southern chick!

  • dawn beirnes

    OH man, I hope I can comment here for the awesome backpack! My favorite movie is “Steel Magnolias”. Why you ask? Because it’s full of sassy, stubborn, and awesome southern chicks. And I’m a southern chick!

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Sorry dawn, you have to comment on the giveaway post to be entered:

    http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/01/giving-away-a-crumpler-sinking-barge-deluxe/

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Sorry dawn, you have to comment on the giveaway post to be entered:

    http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/01/giving-away-a-crumpler-sinking-barge-deluxe/

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.puhl Andreas Puhl

    These images are simply amazing!

  • Jbarjam

    can you post directions to build this?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/phuphuphnik/ Phuphuphnik

    Quinlan needs to try wet plate next, perhaps Daguerreotypes.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/phuphuphnik/ Phuphuphnik

    Quinlan needs to try wet plate next, perhaps Daguerreotypes.

  • Phuphuphnik

    Crud, forgot to add this is great stuff! Using paper for negatives is a good way to bridge tech without messing with film. It is easier to handle, and cheaper. There are itinerant photographers in Afghanistan who use paper negatives, then make positives by letting the sun shine through onto paper, much like Talbott’s Calotypes.

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  • Deltafour1212

    Do you have a picture of the back?  Curious how you hold the film holder in. 

    Is that film holder homemade?