Gear review // Polaroid 900 4x5 (Converted by Razzle)

It is sad news to find that Dean Jones, the man behind the Razzle 4X5 cameras, plus many other panoramic and other hand made cameras passed away from cancer last year 11-12-2014. I only just found out this morning through a friend. I did not know Dean personally but have several conversations with him when purchasing My Polaroid connversion a couple of years ago.

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Ice-cream stick DIY Large Format camera

by maximgrew

Along with all the CAD bits I am doing to create this camera, I also find it incredibly useful (and fun) to just build cameras out of whatever I can, I have learnt that the actual process of building a camera is just as rewarding as taking pictures with it. I also think you feel a much greater connection with your camera if it has come from your own hands, this is important to me as large format photography is all about taking your time and slowing things down, it can be a real escape from fast paced life. Here are some of the ‘prototypes’ I have created; it is amazing how simple or complicated a camera can be and how doing things like this smashes any misconceptions about cameras being super technical bits of kit.

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