digital cameras

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Date: Wed Jul 14 17:21:04 1999

>> I do see real ratty ones for $10-$20 at flea markets,
>> with almost certain holes in the bellows and gummy shutters on the lenses,
>> and usually with visibly broken rangefinders. These are things that can
>> be patched up, certainly, but I wouldn't turn an absolute beginner onto
>> such a fixer-upper when for a very reasonable price you can get a clean
>> one.

>Sounds like quite a fun project, though. I don't subscribe to the myth
>that cameras can't be fixed at home, and that parts for them can't be
>made. I do both when I need to. Maybe I'm not an 'absolute beginner' :-)

No, you aren't :-). There's nothing incredibly complicated about getting
a fixer-upper back into reasonable shape. If a shutter is truly worn
out (not impossible for something that's been in professional service
for several decades!) entirely new shutters/apertures are still available.
See, for example, . And new bellows,
ground glass, etc., are all available for a price. It certainly is cheaper
to get a "clean" used camera than a really ratty one where all the parts
need to be replaced, but there are ones "in-between" where a little bit
of TLC is all it needs to become usable.

>A large format camera is something that I want to have a go at making
>sometime. It doesn't look _too_ hard - certainly no worse than the sorts
>of things that model engineers routinely make. I'll not know until I try,
>I guess...

Take a serious look at the Bender view camera kit,
I'm certain it can be improved on :-). Personally, I prefer metal-bodied
view cameras for their durability.

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