Steve Seal & myself have been trying to experiment using a new camera which is a combination of a Sinar F1 5×4 camera with a DSLR Nikon body with Mamiya RZ lenses.
It was after seeing the new DSLR sinar system the p-dslr that got me thinking.
I’ve cut a rear mount plate for the Nikon from foamex…the printers next door throw masses of off cuts away.I then used a set of coupling rings from an old set of MPP Macro bellows that had a Nikon adapter mount. There was just enough space between the rings to sandwich the foamex. Painted it black to stop any internal flare.
A quick test with the only 5×4 lens I’ve got left a 150mm & it looks ………… interesting? Amazing depth of field & sharpness.
It all looks quite Heath Robinson but considering I cobbled it together from old camera bits lurking in boxes in the store room it’s not too bad.
So I have a “new”… well different… camera system & it’s cost me nothing but an hour messing about.
To add a bit of glam we’ll try using an ipad & the on one software as a trigger mechanism & with live view as it’s all a bit wobbly at the moment.
1980′s mechanism with 2010 technology…. love it
Next stage was mounting a mamiya RZ lens to see if these added a bit more value to the idea.
I bought an old sinar lens board with copel shutter “0″ on ebay. Cut a circular hole in a Mamiya RZ lens cap & then bolted/hot glued the cap to the lens board. The lens can then be mounted & changed as required. If it works then perhaps I might invest in an old RZ body & chop the front off.
An important development was a special device which is now called the “lens gut cord” to keep the lens stopped down. (Actually a piece of fishing wire wrapped around the lens… it works.)
If it works how I’m hoping then I’ll post some images.
Any advice welcome!!