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  1. pip_dog

    pip_dog TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Hello! I have been shooting lots of 4x5 pinhole shots for about a year now and wanted to see what else I could do with the format so I went and bought a Calumet CC-401 I found at a good price. It didn't have a lens so I've made one out of a pair of old binoculars. The focal length is about 230mm and at least for now its still wide open though I have a piece of metal from some sort of door handle that could act as an aperture and give me around f18. I still need to make sure that the aperture would let the lens' image circle cover the film though.

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    This is the potential aperture
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    I ran out of paper but I've ordered more and a film holder; they should both be arriving this afternoon so I can post some tests today! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (I might be a little excited :1219:)
    One question though. How can I be sure that the front standard is right in line with the back in terms of rise and fall? I cant find any sort of indicator.

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    pip


     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    It's easy to check for image coverage. Especially if your ground glass has cut-off corners. Just look through the corner and check to see if you can see through the entire diameter of the lens. If so, you're covered.

    100mm+ lenses usually cover 4x5 quite well, but since you're using a make-shift lens, all bets are off.
     
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    pip_dog TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Makes sense, will try after finding a way to easily attach/detach aperture.

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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Conversely, if you can see the entire ground glass by looking through the lens & camera.......
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    SoulfulRecover Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    please post photo results. I love home made cameras
     
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    pip_dog TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Okay, well...my safelight decided to stop working just as I went to cut the paper to size. I tried to make another one with a normal lightbulb and some red plastic bowls but it ended up fogging the paper. Off to the hardware store tomorrow morning to find another bulb. I saw the first image briefly before the paper went to black in the developer and it looked focused where I wanted it to be so that's a good thing at least!
     
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    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    pip_dog TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    That aperture ring looks awesome. Will have to try when I get the chance.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Your local hardware store stocks darkroom supplies?
     
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    pip_dog TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    No, but they do have red lightbulbs

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    red light bulbs and photo safe red light bulbs are not always the same thing, use caution.
     
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