Home Made Camera: Night 5

Posted 2009.10.09 19.57 in Hobbies, Photography

Not much happening this night, in fact. After working on the camera for four nights in a row, I’ve decided to take a break. I buffed the camera body and decided that two coats of tung oil were good enough. I didn’t get replacement knobs, or find better springs. I just assembled the windy-springy-things as-is for now.

And I didn’t put any more thought into holding the back in place – friction-fit seems to work ok for now. With the knobs in place and a temporarily passable solution for the back, not much else to do but…

I loaded a roll of B&W film in it, ISO 100, and will take it out tomorrow in the sunshine and see how it goes.

Camera specs as good as I can tell / measure / guess:

  • Format: 120
  • Image size: 56mm x 57mm
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f/168

I can’t wait to get it out and get some pictures.

Assembled & Loaded

Assembled & Loaded

Back of Camera

Back of Camera

The camera back hasn’t been sanded & finished yet. I’ll do that after I’ve worked out how to secure it. I was looking at little brass latches, but the back is only 1/8″ thick and there’s not much there to bolt to. I also thought about little screws, bolts, or even just nails to slide in and out. Nothing has quite felt right though.

103 Years and Counting

Posted 2009.10.09 10.08 in Family/Friends

Yesterday was the 103rd birthday of my Great-Aunt Anne.

Three years ago, I posted about her 100th birthday party and how incredible it is, when you think about all the things she’s seen, how the world has changed in her life. Every year that’s gone by since, I’m more awestruck. I mean, when she was my age, the second world war was already over.

The past 3 years haven’t been easy, she’s starting to get a bit frail in body and mind, but she’s still going.

A hundred and three. Unbelievable. Over a century old! That’s something you don’t hear often.

Anne at her 100th birthday party

Anne at her 100th birthday party