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Building an 8×10 Large Format Camera Entirely By Hand


Photographer Dieter Schneider started building cameras about five years ago, and last year he fashioned a 4×5 camera using a CNC Machine. This year he took things to yet another level, creating an 8×10 large format camera entirely by hand without using computer-aided machinery. You can watch the entire build process in the 35-minute video above.

“In this video I want to show you parts of the process, from start to finish,” Schneider says. “Everything is handmade.”

Dieter Schneider

The camera features a classic look, was made using cherry hardwood and brass, and was designed for wet plate photography.

“I also spend a lot of time on the finishing process to make the camera look as good as I can get it,” Schneider tells PetaPixel. The entire build, from start to finish, took about a month.

Here are some photos of the finished camera:

Schneider says one of his upcoming projects is to build a portable darkroom for wet plate photography.