31 March, 2011


There is a wonderful blog with pictures of GIRLS WITH CAMERAS.
Okay, I'm not a girl, but I've photographed my sister with her Olympus Trip 35. And this picture I've sent to GIRLS WITH CAMERAS.

Here is the link: "that's the way"

22 March, 2011

DIY: A Mini-Handgrip

After I've built the monopod, I've got the idea to build a new handgrip, 'cause the part of the lever, which I've cut, is very good for a grip.
I've searched at my private junkyard for a piece of metal and found a wonderful piece, which was something to coat the chimney.
After this came the usual work: cutting, drilling, sticking and screwing.

The strap at the Ricoh is the John Balboa Strap by FABRIC.X.

DIY: A Monopod

There're a lot of pages in the internet with tips to build a monopad:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
But there is a way far easier. You just need a cheap tripod and a broomstick. You just have to take the head off the tripod and spin it on the broomstick.
The lever to tilt the head incommoded me, therefore I've cut it.
Certainly, you can still use the head with your tripod.

18 March, 2011

DIY: A Vertical Handgrip

You love - like me - the battery / vertical grip of your modern analog or digital SLR?
And now you wants one for your old mechanical SLR?

No problem, it's very easy to build a home made vertical handgrip.
I've built one for my old and heavy Porst FX4 (Praktica Nova 1b).
I've used the handlebar of my old and broken Flymo L470 petrol hover lawnmower.
The end caps are from Fuji film boxes.

The cable release is optional at the Praktica, 'cause the shutter release is at the front and not at the top. You can adjust the lens with the left hand and with the forefinger you can trigger the shutter release.
Certainly you can also install the cable release inside the grip.

It works very good.

EDIT 18.03.11 - 20.45:

Just a cosmetic update. I've changed the shims, now I've used shims of a mountain bike brake booster.

DIY: A Panoramic Camera - Part 7

Yesterday and today I've built a panoramic finder.

I've built it out of the roof of the Dacora, a bicycle wrench and a plastic piece of a washing machine.
The result seems very very very strange and ridiculous, but it carries out one's duty.