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3D Print your Own Large Format Camera

August 2, 2018

A young budding photographer-turned-entrepreneur has created a new large format camera that can be made with only a 3D printer and a few parts from the hardware store. The Standard 4×5 is the perfect tool for aspiring photographers on a budget – costing just $320 for an ‘assemble yourself’ IKEA style kit.

Or if you have access to a 3D printer – it’s yours for free.

The clever creation is the brainchild of Drew Nikonowicz who bought his first 3D printer in 2014. Since then he spent several years developing a working prototype. He said, “because the design is modular and 3D printed, it’s incredibly fast and easy to upgrade and repair.”

“It is affordable, so it is easier to get started. It is lightweight, so you have more freedom to go where your photographs take you. It is durable, so you can focus on being a photographer, not on protecting fragile and expensive gear,” Mr Nikonowicz said.

And the results are inspiring. The vintage feel certainly comes across in the photographs. Here are some of the images captured so far:

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Mr Nikonowicz is making his design specs open source, hoping to create a community of large format photographers around the world. In August, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project and it only took a few days to surpass his fundraising target of $15,000. The money will be used to buy more 3D printers to help create a production line which will make 2 cameras a day.

As for the camera itself, it weighs less than 2 pounds and accepts Linhof/Wista-style lens boards and supports 100mm to 300mm lenses.

You can order yours through the Kickstarter campaign. Estimated delivery is December 2018.

Eammon Atkinson

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