Apparently Nikon has decide to save some trees (and shipping weight) by no longer including user manuals in some of its digital cameras. Since most people likely never touch the manuals anyway, it’s not really a problem, but the company’s draconian stance towards downloadable instruction manuals has some customers grumbling.
Remember that super realistic Leica M3 paper pinhole camera we featured back in June? You can now print and make your own! Photographer Matt Nicholson has created a 10-page PDF with the printable template and detailed instructions, and is selling it for £1.50 (~$2.5) in his online store.
The Lie-ca M3 Pinhole Camera (via Photoxels)
Mel Stringer (aka girliepains on Etsy) keeps dreaming up cooler and cooler camera papercraft decorations. Her latest creation is a Polaroid model that include fake Polaroids to stick in the slot.
Remember the pastel baby box cameras that we featured a while ago? Well the seller, Mel Stringer (girliepains on Etsy), has a new design for vintage box cameras that’s inspired by cameras such as the Brownie, Bakerlite, and Ensign. These could make nice table decorations for when you hang out with your photography-lovin’ friends. The templates come on A4-sized PDF files and a cost $4 through Stringer’s store.
These pastel baby box cameras are perfect for any party where photography enthusiasts are present. Etsy seller girliepains is selling a PDF with templates and instructions on making them in 7 different colors for $4 through her store.
Anyone know of anything similar available for free?
(via KEH Camera Blog)
Lens hoods are ridiculously expensive considering the fact that they’re simply fancy plastic tubes. If you’d like to use a lens hood but don’t feel like shelling out wads of cash, you can create your own cardboard lens hoods!
First, a disclaimer: The resulting lens hood may not make your camera look more impressive, and may not be as effective as the real thing.
lenshoods.co.uk and lenshoods.net are two nearly identical websites that offer printable lens hood templates for a huge list of lenses. Here’s what the templates look like:
The only difference with lenshoods.net is that it offers hoods that are “optimized” for crop sensor cameras.
All you need to do is print out the template (on A4, A3, or A2 paper), cut it out of black card stock, and assemble it with tape or glue.
If you’d like to have a unique looking hood for your lens, you can also design your own custom lens hood.
Francesco Capponi (Dippold on Flickr) has a fun printable template for creating your own nifty-looking 35mm pinhole camera.
All you need to do is print out the template on adhesive paper (size A4) and stick it onto some cardboard. Once you’ve cut out all the required pieces, follow the visual instructions provided to put it together:
Unlike many other paper pinhole camera projects we’ve seen, the final result for this one actually looks pretty nice, and will definitely make a conversation piece. If you do take the time to make this thing, be sure to report back to us with the resulting photographs!
Image credits: Photographs by Francesco Capponi and used with permission.