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How to make bellows when your in a rush! final version of the bellows will be much better than these, but they work well for testing prototypes #largeformat #intrepidcamera #4x5

New Front Standard

Previous designs for the front standard have been a bit unstable, this is around the 6th design and is working really well. the fully assembled camera is surprisingly light and rigid.  

New 4x5 Camera Project Coming to Kickstarter

The Intrepid 4x5 Camera 

The camera is a rethink of the traditional, it has a classical appearance with all the functionality you would expect but has been cleverly re-designed to allow for a much more economic manufacturing method, a saving which I hope to pass onto photography enthusiasts new and old.

The final version will feature a front standard that has a good range of movements and takes Technika style lens boards. A smooth, locking rack and pinion mechanism for focusing. Generous bellows extension, which come in a variety of colours. A rethink on the traditional spring back featuring a bright and sharp focusing screen as well as being compatible with all standard film holders, including the 545 holder required for the New55 Film. The back of the camera uses a simple modular system meaning a variety of adapters will be available including mounts for Digital SLR cameras as well as instant peel apart film (FP100c).

The camera is very light and folds up neatly, I hope with a little bit more tweaking to produce a camera that is easy to use, beautiful, accurate and compact enough to be taken anywhere with you.  

Stay Tuned! the wheels are in motion!

To register your interest, or even to just say hello please email

hello@theintrepidcamera.co.uk

The Real Instagram; How to breathe life,back into that old TLR camera.


I wrote this trying to get a job at Photojojo, I didn’t, but still think its a good idea

The Real Instagram; How to breathe life,back into that old TLR camera.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, Instagram just feels like cheating; so I thought why not just build a camera that takes instagram style pics, straight out the box? Simple enough, *BOOM* the slightly awkward love child of a TLR and iPhone is born (If Victor Frankenstein was into photography, this would be his monster). Despite the looks, IT WORKS GREAT! I no longer feel like a photographic fraud. Instead a fully-fledged creative type taking beautiful square format, scratchy, saturated, and bizarre looking photos without a single faux-fifilter! Want to build one yourself? Well of course you do.

Here’s what you’re going to need. An old TLR camera, the older the better, it doesn’t need to work it just needs a waist level viewfinder (mines an old Kodak duaflex I got for £5 $9). An iPhone clip on case you don’t mind putting glue on, some cardboard, scissors glue and of course an iPhone.


Build a cardboard hat for your TLR camera that is at least four inches tall, and glue it on.

Then attach a lid and glue on your iPhone case, so the hole for the camera is in the centre of the lid (cut a hole so the camera can see the TLR viewfinder)

Lastly pop on your iPhone and get snapping! Below are some results from this very camera

Happy Pinhole Day

More results from experimenting with 8x10 colour papere negatives and using the RA4 Reversal Process, seem to be getting there with the filters but the paper came out really mottled (this might be due to using my bathroom as a makeshift dark room and it not being 100% dark)

Filters were Cibachrome 120Y90M

Rated the paper at ISO 6 

1/15 f5.6

It was sunny today but not that sunny! Either way think I may have over done it this paper is defiantly not ISO 2 will try again tomorrow at 10 and 15

It was sunny today but not that sunny! Either way think I may have over done it this paper is defiantly not ISO 2 will try again tomorrow at 10 and 15

Work horse

Work horse

This shot was taken yesterday continuing my mucking about with the RA4 Reversal Process, i pulled the dark slide out a little bit more each time to see how different exposures effected a filter combo that I liked. I would say im happy with the middle strip, you cant see it in this shitty scan but there are greens in there! finally GREEN! also seems to be infrared trees? anyone got any ideas about that?
130y90m+UV all from cibachrome set

This shot was taken yesterday continuing my mucking about with the RA4 Reversal Process, i pulled the dark slide out a little bit more each time to see how different exposures effected a filter combo that I liked. I would say im happy with the middle strip, you cant see it in this shitty scan but there are greens in there! finally GREEN! also seems to be infrared trees? anyone got any ideas about that?

130y90m+UV all from cibachrome set

well worth a watch, saw this on Mark Hiltons Blog which is also well worth checking out.