This Custom Made 3D Printed Camera Shoots 6×14 Medium Format Negatives

All images by Paul Kohlhausen. Used with permission.

“You’re spot on, it’s essentially just a really precisely engineered box.” says photographer Paul Kohlhausen who built a very special medium format camera using 3D printed materials. “…Knowing that the image doesn’t just consist of 1’s and 0’s lends it a depth and artistic quality that’s difficult to put into words.” Paul has loved analog film and photography for a really long time; but beyond just being technical about photos, he’s very technical when it comes to design. So much so that he designed his own special medium format camera that shoots 6×14 images using a large format camera lens.

The results: Very impressive!

For more of Paul’s work I STRONGLY encourage you to check out his Instagram, his analog Instagram, and his website.

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Build Your Own 3D Printed Camera


There are some cameras that are being made via Kickstarter using 3D printing, and then there are those that you can build all by yourself. In this case, Instructables has a tutorial on the latter. Specifically, it allows you to construct an SLR with a full film advance. It’s called the OpenReflex, and shoots at a constant 1/60th shutter speed. Sound familiar? Lomography’s cameras often shoot at a single shutter speed with the exception of bulb mode and those that purposely allow for more manual controls.

When looking at this camera, I couldn’t help but think of the Konstruktor which was just released. One big difference though is that it is compatible with any lens–or so they claim.

Check it out for some of your very own DIY fun and hacks.

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This 3D Printed Medium Format Camera Looks Awesome, But Should You Get It?

The Goodman One is a medium format camera you can print yourself

There is something to be said for 3D printed gear that you can make for yourself, but have any of you ever considered using a 3D printed camera for your next photo gig? Probably not, but I would think it is also safe to say that you have not seen a medium format 3D printed camera that looks quite as polished as the Goodman One. Continue reading…

The Battery Mags Organize Camera Batteries in the Space of a Small Lens

Essentials is a series featuring products we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts.

The old joke used to go that you’d buy a Sony camera, two lenses, and 10 batteries. That’s changed a bit these days, but no manufacturer makes a battery that lasts for an insanely long time. So to keep your camera batteries organized, Battery Mags were developed. They’re exactly what you’d think they are: magazines that hold your cells when they’re not in use. And that’s all they do. Made using 3D printing and available for pretty much every manufacturer, the Battery Mag is for photographers with a ton of batteries for their cameras. Better yet, it keeps everything sorted if you use more than one camera system.

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Reveni Labs Creates a Very Tiny Light Meter for Vintage Cameras

If your vintage camera doesn’t have a working light meter, the tiny device designed by Reveni Labs could be just what you need.

Given the popularity of film photography today, many vintage cameras are being granted a new lease on life. However, some of them either don’t have built-in light meters or no longer have working light meters. For shooting situations and films that need precise exposures, a reliable light meter will be necessary. Not everyone has the budget for, or access to handheld light meters: others simply don’t like working with them. For this, Canada-based Reveni Labs has created a modern yet tiny light meter that easily pairs with hundreds of cameras. Sounds like a big step up from the paper light meter that has been a popular option for film photographers!

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This Commercial Reminds Us of the Kodak Camera That Everyone Forgot

While it didn’t really fly, the Disc film format introduced by Kodak in the early 1980s was an interesting and novel idea for its time.

We can fault Kodak for not directing its innovations to adapt to the digital age, but we definitely can’t deny that the company made some pretty significant contributions and interesting ideas to photography during its heydays. Case in point is the Disc film format and cameras, which today’s featured commercial reminds us about. While mostly forgotten by most, some vintage camera collectors still find it an item of interest.

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Fragment 8 Is a Digital Revival of the Iconic Super 8 Camera

If the film Super 8 cameras aren’t available or feasible for you, a digital version dubbed Fragment 8 could be an option.

Over five decades since Kodak introduced the Super 8 and the Super 8mm format, the motion picture camera remains a fascinating tool for today’s creatives. It’s understandable that the younger generation just discovering the format may find the film camera (the new Kodak Super 8, especially) intimidating and too much of a commitment. Whatever the reason, a Super 8-inspired camera dubbed Fragment 8 is gearing up to be a simpler digital option, especially for those interested in filming simple slices of life with a touch of nostalgia.

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Why Are Compact Cameras the Best for Street Photography?

For most, compact cameras happen to be the best things for street photography.

While the answer to “What camera is the best?” is the proverbial “The one you have with you,” some cameras are better suited than others for specific genres of photography. For example, if you wanted to freeze the action at the Daytona 500, you would reach for a Canon 1DX instead of a Pentax 67, just like if you wanted close-up images of Aunt Pearl’s Poinsettias, one of the last lenses you would reach for is a 28mm. Street photography is one of the easiest genres of the craft to get into, and everything from the cameras in phones to 4×5 press cameras has been used for it. But, while the genre is easily accessible, certain kinds of cameras are more appropriate for the task than others. Let’s take a look at why compact cameras are the best cameras for street photography.

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The CAMERADACTYL Brancopan Uses 35mm Film to Shoot Panoramas

If you like going the DIY route and make your own cameras and accessories, Brancopan, the latest CAMERADACTYL contraption, will let you 3D print your own.

After years of making and selling the CAMERADACTYL cameras, Ethan Moses recently decided to let everyone in on the fun of building their own. Brancopan, the latest of these quirky cameras, is a 35mm panoramic camera that takes Mamiya Press lenses and you can 3D print yourself. If you’re looking for a new project that you can do over the weekend or a little longer, Moses suggests taking a shot at his new design and grabbing it through Kickstarter.

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Not a Camera: 20 of the Best Holiday Gifts for Photographers in 2019

In this holiday gift guide, you’ll find a handful of items any photographer would love to get this holiday season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Whether you’re looking at gifts for the photographers in your life, or just need an excuse to treat yourself, we’ve put together a list bound to have something any photographer will be happy to receive this holiday season. Since most photographers probably already have a camera body, we’ll be focusing on gifts beyond cameras.
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This Modified Camera Is a Cool DIY Project for Film Photographers

We recently asked Mark Gotthelf to share his journey in building and shooting with his super cool, DIY medium format camera.

Some of you may already be aware that we regularly prowl Reddit communities, on the lookout for cool film photography stuff. A great example is this homemade camera we recently spotted on r/AnalogCommunity. Curious about the work that went into this project, we got in touch with its maker, Mark Gotthelf, and asked him to tell us about his DIY process.

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This Wooden DIY 35mm Panoramic Camera Yields Great Results So Far

Photographers like Galen Weld show us how determination and getting crafty can get us our dream cameras — like a DIY 35mm panoramic camera!

Move over, Hasselblad XPan. You’ve got some cool competitors out there now, courtesy of the highly resourceful and creative film photographer. They show us that if we can’t get our hands on a coveted camera like the Xpan, there’s nothing stopping us from making our own instead. That is if we can get even half as crafty and clever as Seattle-based Galen Weld, who has recently shared his progress on building his own DIY  35mm panoramic camera. If you’re interested in making your own assembly he’s even got the stuff to get you started!

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How Markus Hofstaetter Shot 3D Large Format Wet Plates

Hands down, this one of the most impressive — if not the most impressive — wet plate photography projects you’ll see from Markus Hofstaetter.

If you’ve been following the work of Markus Hofstaetter with us for some time now, you’ll know that you can trust him to come up with the craziest and most surprising wet plate photography projects. Well, he’s at it again with his latest work: modifying one of his ultra large format wet plate cameras to shoot stereo photos. If you’ve ever wondered what else can be done with wet plate photography, prepare to be wowed by this amazing project from start to finish!

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The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 Large Format Cameras Get High-End Improvements

The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 large format cameras are now sleeker and more sophisticated with the latest improvements.

If you’re yet to get your own Intrepid large format camera, now would be a great time to contemplate your options. Intrepid Camera Co. has recently announced upgrades for both of their large format camera models. With this news comes the fourth generation of the 4×5 and the second for the 8×10, and the promise of improvements typically only seen in higher end cameras of its class.

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Guy Sie’s 3D Printed Hotshoe Covers Have Embossed Film Speeds on Them

Forgetful film photographers could use a set or two.

One of the smaller frustrations of anyone who has ever shot on film is forgetting film speeds when they’re shooting. This is especially true when you spend long intervals in using up just one roll of film and your camera doesn’t have an ISO/ASA dial or that thing at the back where you can put part of the film’s box that indicates the speed.

Sure, it can easily be remedied by taking a piece of paper tape and writing the film stock and speed on it, and sticking it on the back of your camera. But if you have access to a 3D printer, I don’t see why you shouldn’t try this nifty solution by photographer Guy Sie: 3D printed hotshoe covers with film speeds embossed on them.

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The Standard 4×5 Lets You Build Your Own Modular Large Format Camera

Building your own camera is always a bright idea, so you might want to give The Standard 4×5 modular DIY large format camera a shot.

If you think you’d like to progress from making your own pinhole cameras to something bigger and more complicated, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. Photographer Drew Nikonowicz offers to give you a head start to building your own large format camera through The Standard 4×5, currently being funded on Kickstarter.

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PinBox: A 6×6 Pinhole Camera That You Can Build and Re-Create

Want to learn how to design and build your own pinhole camera? The PinBox is a medium format DIY pinhole camera that teaches you just that. 

Pinhole cameras are essentially easy to make, especially when you’re making them for 35mm film. But if you want to have an idea about how it’s done for 120 film, Hamm Camera Company offers to let you in on the basics with a new camera called the PinBox. Hot off the heels of the NuBox 1 Interchangeable Lens Box Camera, Robert Hamm has just launched the Kickstarter campaign for this DIY pinhole camera. The company’s goal is for the 6×6 medium format DIY camera to be a learning tool for anyone who wants to gain the basics of pinhole camera design and apply it to make their own. This is in support of the crafty photographers who like to DIY their cameras, encouraging them to go beyond the usual handmade pinhole cameras.

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Markus Hofstaetter Shoots Steampunk with a Handheld Wet Plate Camera

Yes, you read it right. Markus Hofstaetter shows us how it’s possible to shoot a wet plate camera HANDHELD.

Remember portrait and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter and his passion for wet plate photography? He’s back with another awesome wet plate project. This time, he shot with a 91-year-old box-form SLR handheld for a beautiful steampunk-themed photo shoot.

Doing wet plate photography with centuries-old equipment and chemicals is certainly a challenge on its own. For those of us who are yet to experience it firsthand, Markus has given us an idea, first with an interview about his Generations project. Then, he shared with us a 360 video of him traveling to the Czech Republic to shoot in the historic Museum Fotoatelier Seidel with his massive wet plate cameras.

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Instax Share App vs Fujifilm Camera; Which Is Better For Your Instax Prints?

Should you send your images to the Instax Share app first or do it right from camera?

Instax is a great way for photographers to give instant prints to clients, either as a memento of the shoot or as an added service. While most people will have to transfer the images to their phone, Fujifilm shooter has the ability to connect directly to their Instax Printer with their Fujifilm X-Series camera body. This makes the process of printing even quicker, skipping the step of having to send the image to your phone first.

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Your Hasselblad V Camera Can Shoot Fujifilm Instax Square With This Back

The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back is fully analog and could surely be fun!

Hot on the heels of the Rezivot Instant Film Back Kickstarter is this brand new one: it’s called the Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back. It does pretty much exactly what it says it does. The back, which is looking for funding on Kickstarter, is a plastic, 3D printed back that takes Fujifilm Instax Square film and attaches to your Hasselblad V medium format camera. The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back has a manual wind system, so that means no batteries are involved and that cuts down the cost of the back over time. It’s a fantastic option for photographers who want to use an Instax back or Instax film with their Hasselblad V camera.

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Paul Kohlhausen’s 3D Printed K-Pan Shoots 6×14 Negatives; Now on Kickstarter

A while ago, we broke the story about Paul Kohlhausen and his K-Pan camera that he 3D printed to shoot 6×14 medium format negative photos. Back then, he was still playing with the idea of putting it on Kickstarter. Lucky for you all, he’s done it and photographers will be able to hook up their very own K-Pan and 4×5 camera lenses to shoot medium format panoramic photos. Photographers who back this idea and project are rewarded with a ton of goodies not only including the camera, but also rolls of film and a swanky tote bag.

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