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Photographer Can't Afford High-End Cameras, 3D-Prints His Own Comparable Model
By Izza Sofia, 07 Jun 2017
London-based photographer Paul Kohlhaussen created a fully functioning 3D-printed camera inspired by three high-end cameras that he could not afford.
Kohlhaussen’s 3D-printed camera replicated the features of the Mamiya 7, the discontinued Hasselblad XPan and the Leica M series. Essentially, he wanted to develop a camera that is capable of shooting larger negatives than the standard medium format.
Key components that Kohlhaussen focused on when creating his customized camera were the large frame of the Hasselblad XPan for large panoramic shoots and the compact style of Mamiya 7 for medium format photography.
By creating the exterior frame and other important components of the camera, Kohlhaussen only had to purchase the Schneider Kreuznach 90mm Super Angulon lens to complete his one-of-a-kind camera. The other parts of the camera were 3D-printed using SLS Nylon through 3D Hubs.
His custom camera, the PK-6142016, captures photos on 120 medium format film. Despite it being a handmade camera, Kohlhaussen’s personalized 3D printed camera produced high-quality panoramic shots with larger negatives.
Take a look at them below, or head to his website to view more of his work.
Frank on Kodak Portra 800, 1/15, f8
The Black Forest on Kodak Ektar, 1/250, f16
Somewhere over Switzerland on Fomapan 400, 1/125, f8
[via PetaPixel, images via Paul Kohlhaussen]
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