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Here are a number of cameras that I've built over the years. This is not an exhaustive list, just the ones that turned out the best.

Field 23 (2010)

The Field 23 was my first foray into medium format cameras, way before I even picked up my Pentax 67. Prior to designing this camera, I experimented a bit with some homebrew tilt-shift lenses - and what better to achieve the same effect on film than with a technical camera. Not knowing much of anything about medium or large format, my design borrowed heavily from the Bulldog kit camera. I intended to use 2x3 sheet film holders, but they proved too tedious, so I moved on to peel-apart Polaroid film (again, another medium I'd never used before), and eventually expanded to 120 roll film. The use of a Mamiya TLR lens was serendipitous - it turned up for a few bucks on eBay, and I was just going to use the viewing lens on a tilt-shift device. But the objective lens turned out to be perfect for this application, and I've been tearing apart Mamiya lenses for donors ever since.

Type: 2x3" (6x9cm) Field Camera
Optics: Mamiya C 80mm f/2.8
Media: Type 100 Polaroid film, 120/220 Roll Film
Features: Rack & pinion focus, ground glass screen, full front movement

Field 23 ACME (2011)

Field 23 ACME was in essence, an improved version of the above. The rack and pinion focus of the original was problematic, as it would slip if the camera was tilted up or down. A lead screw arrangement made short work of this problem. I also designed it to use a Fresnel screen for better viewing brightness, composite waterproof bellows, and a more robust back design.

Type: 2x3" (6x9cm) Field Camera
Optics: Mamiya C 80mm f/2.8
Media: Type 100 Polaroid film, 120/220 Roll Film
Features: ACME lead screw focus, GG + Fresnel screen, full front movement

Pinorama (2011)

Candy tins rock. Every time I see one, I think about what kind of film media I could stuff in it to make a camera. I think Pinorama is my best embodiment of this compulsion. If I recall correctly, I found this tin while Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. It's absolutely perfect - just the right height for a 35mm film canister, and the right aspect ratio for a panoramic frame. The film winding "knobs" came from empty Testors paint bottles.

Type: 35mm Panoramic Pinhole Camera
Optics: Homemade Pinhole
Media: 35mm Roll Film

Papercraft 66 (2012)

My second foray into making a papercraft camera. This one I actually designed! It took a few cool pictures, too.

Type: 6x6 Pinhole Camera
Optics: Homemade Pinhole (0.4mm)
Media: 120 Roll Film


Duo (2012)

Type: Instant Film Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera
Optics: Mamiya C 105mm f/3.5
Media: Type 100 Polaroid film, 120/220 Roll Film Check out the Kickstarter Page for more details!

Laika (2013)

Type: 6x9 Wide Angle Point-and-Shoot
Optics: Mamiya Press 50mm f/5.6
Media: 120 Roll Film

Canon P TTL (2015)

Type: Modified Canon P with TTL light metering
Optics: M39/LTM lenses without recessed rear elements
Media: 35mm

Ur-Pin (2007)

A 35mm pinhole camera I designed back in the day from foam and felt for 35mm film. It failed spectacularly. The pinhole was too thick and frankly rubbish (like the rest of the camera). I managed to take one barely discernible photo of a microwave. It exists, in a drawer somewhere. No photos of it exist.

Dirkon (2007)

My first foray into papercraft cameras. I didn't design this one. Check it out here. So cool!