Monday, February 06, 2006

The Scanner Photography Project

I ran across this site today and found it pretty interesting. Michael Golembewski has been creating his own digital cameras for years by combining a scanner and a large format camera. His latest camera combines a Horseman 450L monorail 4x5 camera with an extensively modified Canon LIDE 20 "from which I have reomved the lamp, pinhole lens assembly, and CIS sensor housing. I've made the scanner light-tight using duct tape and putty, covered with a hefty dose of black spraypaint. It might look crude, but it works very nicely. I've attached a modified lens board directly onto the scanner, so it can easily be connected to the Horseman. The lens board attachment holds the scanner optics at the same level as a ground glass plate. This allows me to compose and focus shots on the ground glass, instead of with preview scans - it's much faster. I have two lenses that I use with this model - a Kompur lens from 1915, and a found 8x10 enlarger lens".

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