building of the view cam.

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  1. mysteryscribe

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    This is a continuation of the view camera story begun on the 4x5 baush&Lomb thread.


    It's one of those days you wouldn't wish on any of your ex husbands or wives... Well maybe on one of them.

    I rushed out this morning to shoot a camera, one I hadn't really used much. I wanted to post a shot from it and then work on my view camera build.

    I went to the cemetary where I shoot a lot of test shots. At first things seemed to go fine, then I pointed the camera to a statue and the lens was flapping. Flapping? That's not right, I thought. Sure enough the lens strut had popped loose from the bottom of the lens board. The lens was no longer level with the film plane. I tried to put it back but the pictures were crap.

    The crap was made worse by the fact that the new daylight tank I had made from plans on another website, leaks light. Enough I screamed at the negative...

    After an hour to let my blood pressure drop, I began to build a tank that I know is light tight. Then to make some parts for the new view camera build. I was messing with the camera's lens board when my wife knocked on the studio door.

    "I think someone hit my new car in the parking lot."

    I went out expecting to see a small ding in the door but nooooo, the bumper is pulled loose from one side of the car. It was sticking out about three inches. "You reckon somebody hit this?" I asked it as I stared at the month old car.

    "What am I going to do," she said. It was in anguish I might add. Now that I am older, and my health is shakey, I don't tinker with cars. The car is the first new car she ever owned. I had always paid for and kept her cars running previous to this one. So when she had to pay for her own repairs, she decided she needed a new car it would be cheaper than the 500 a year in repairs on her paid for car. I never tell other people how to spend their money, so I nodded and said sure.

    She looked at the bumper, then thought of the upcoming car payment, and the 250 dollar deductable and looked almost ready to cry. I took pity on her.

    I fitted the bumper back in place and snapped the latches. I am going to compound the black marks off the bumper if I can. The long and short of the car is that it won't have to go to the shop after all.

    But when she left, the view camera I held in my hand was gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. I had carried it out to look at the car because I expected a paint chip. So what had I done with it, while I banged away at the car?

    I looked about five times before I broke down and called her at work. Odds were about 100 to one that I had put the camera INSIDE the car but I had a vague recollection of opening a door on the car. I fully expected the camera to be in several large and small pieces spread over the road somewhere between my house and her office. Odds were great that I had left it on top of the car.

    She was good enough to go look and found it inside the rear of the car. My first bit of good luck of the day. Now I just have to decide what to do with it. I'm getting really tired of this build. But I will perservere
     
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    :lol: Hang in there, Charlie! It's gotta get easier after this. :hug::
     
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    Do you know what a trench gun is....

    If tomorrow isnt better, Im going to throw the view camera into the air and shoot it with my trench gun. I have had the gun for forty years and fired five times, I think the view camera may be the right stuff to do it swan song on.

    But I have it back now from my wife's kidnapping of it. I plan to do some more testing tomorrow if I can find a lens that will work just for testing.
     
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    I'm sure it was an accidental kidnapping. :bigangel:

    Go shoot skeet before shooting your camera. :lol:
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm at the age when I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I walk into a room, stop, and ask myself, 'Now, what did I come in here after?'

    Seems to fit with your location-of-the-camera quandry.
     
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    As usual you cut it right to the bone.
     
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    :lol:

    All right, Charlie....did you shoot WITH your camera today, or did you shoot AT it? :razz:
     
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    OMG....Someone older than me on this fourm!!!! :D
     
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    Since I brought that kodak 3a into the house I have been cursed. Today's misfortune. I tried to make a very minor correction to a polaroid 160 and ruined the back beyond repair so I had to build a new one, but in doing so I leaned something new.

    You may or may not know that it is impossible to get 3x4 film which is what the polaroid really needs, so I was able to stick a back on the camera that accepts a 4x5 back.

    What's so great about that you ask? As well you should, It still shoots the 3x4 image but puts it on a 4x5 negative.. So what you ask again. So the rangefinder still works and the view finder as well. It means that should I ever need to do a rebuild on a really fine polaroid, I can do it no sweat. I shot the camera and found a couple of slight light leaks but there were easy to pinpoing and i expect will be easy to fix as well.

    I have the negative but its just a shot out my back door so nothing worth posting here.
     
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    You have an honest to goodness, WW1'sish trench gun? I've been looking for one for years.

    If you shoot your camera with it post some photos.
     
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    No its just a short barreled shotgun. Back in the days when i worked as a policeman with a camera, I picked it up. At the local police arsenal they had some real trench guns. The old winchester pump guns iwth hammers of all things. Barrels about 22 inches if I recall and I'm not sure I do.
     
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    IT' ALIVE ..... IT'S ALIVE (quote from young frankenstein)

    My ten buck camera with working lens came today and I have alread mounted it and attached it to the camera. It focuses down to about a foot with just the glass and bellows. I might can get it a little closer. The swings and tilts work but I might have to focus swing or tilt then refocus Not sure just yet.

    Next step shoot film. Wow a new toy what a lucky man....
     

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