E01 The FrankenBessa

April 21, 2018

In which Graham describes the process and decision-making during the build of a FrankenCamera (a camera made out of parts of different source cameras), the FrankenBessa. The inspiration for the camera is discussed (7:45), including the K-Pan camera (http://paulkohlhaussen.com/k-pan/) and why the Voigtlander Bessa 6X9 folder was chosen for the body (10:30). Lens choice and experimentation is covered (12:45). Nick explains the concept behind a hyperfocal setup so the camera can be used as a focus-free quick-shooter (15:30). Graham laments the light-leak issues with this type of build and why they will follow him to his grave (21:05). Finally, they get to what it’s like to shoot with this photographic monstrosity (28:15) and Graham equates the build to dissecting a frog (39:50). A photographic challenge is presented wherein Nick and Graham and anyone else who wants to participate will build a camera from household objects and then use it to shoot photos each month to see who will win the Garbage Cam Challenge. If you have any questions or comments for Nick and Graham can be reached via email: Nick@HomemadeCamera.com, Graham@HomemadeCamera.com or Podcast@HomemadeCamera.com. Visit us at HomemadeCamera.com

Pinhole calculator: http://www.mrpinhole.com/calcpinh.php

A further explanation of hyperfocal distance: https://photographylife.com/landscapes/hyperfocal-distance-explained