Lost Lenscaps: Redux

It's not out of focus, it's shot wide open at f0.95

It’s not out of focus, it’s shot wide open at f0.95


It’s almost 2 years since my last posting. What had started out as an attempt to combine my main interest in photography and 3D printing and develop content which would interest others with either, but not necessarily both, interests in a potentially interesting mash up.

Unfortunately, personal circumstances got in the way and I’m documenting these events as much for personal memory as much as to lead into where I would like to take my site for anyone who might be interested.

With a dislocated shoulder which needed major surgery and 9 months of rehabilitation, I was unable to do much photography. For a big part of that time, I was unable to even raise a camera up to my eyes, let lone lug around large amounts of photography equipment. Instead, I made frequent trips to the workshop belonging a friend of mine who is a professional camera repairman and learnt what I could about vintage cameras, lenses and photographic equipment in general. Some of this, I will me touching on in future blog entries. Especially on the topic of vintage camera maintenance and what to look out for when buying selected popular vintage cameras.

On the 3D front, things were not much rosier. I started out with a fairly user friendly 3D printer only to see things regress as the domestic 3D printer industry started making more and more printers whose only selling point was that they were cheap. Printer after printer released with touted advanced features that only worked if the user was prepared to do serious amounts of tinkering, essentially 3D companies using paying customers as beta testers and troubleshooter. A far cry from the sub $1000, hassle free, printers I was hoping that would eventually manifest. I started off with a machine which was WI-fi connected, sharable, only required minimum calibration and without having to use a separate software prepare the 3D models for printing. Today, I’m using a atypical consumer focused 3D printer which is non networked, requires constant calibration and requires preparing the models via dedicated software. Most of it can be overcome and all those things I miss can be added but at additional substantial cost and effort. The price of being an early adopter, sure, but my point is that consumer 3D printing is in a rut where the cost barrier is the only one being paid any attention. This has lead to a vicious cycle where the consumers interested in/curious about 3D printing are able to afford printers only to find that it’s a real pain to do even the simplest things and give up on it. This lack of adoption then limits innovation as printer manufactures are unwilling to address other barriers (ease of use, consistency and speed) as they may not get their investment back.

And so we continue…

Hasselblad A12/24 Darkslide Keeper-JCHP

Not wanting to risk bending my Hassy dark slides by dropping them in a pocket, or lose it by setting it down somewhere when shooting, I designed a keeper that hangs ’round my neck and supports the entire surface area of of the Hasselblad V series A12 / A24 dark slide while it’s out of the camera.

I’ve printed in HIPS and Bridge Nylon. I prefer the nylon – it’s a little more flexible than the HIPS, and seems almost “self-lubricating”, so the dark slide inserts easily.

URL: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2427190

Author: honhaverstick@thingiverse

Film Case

This is a case for 5 rolls of medium format film (120). You could also use this case for re-spooled 620 film.

I was tired of keeping my film in a Ziplock bag and wanted something nicer than the cardboard box the film came in.

This case is durable and when closed light tight. It will accept rolls still in the foil, and will protect exposed rolls of film


Print the two pieces
Load with 5 rolls of your favorite film
Go out and shoot!

URL: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:222675

Author: boymeetsmill@thingiverse

Distagon f/4 40 mm C lens hood

I recently purchased a Hasselblad 40mm C f/4. I love medium format cameras and lenses. The are sharp, work very well, and are built to last, this lens is no exception.It’s a beast weighing in at 1.375kg ~3lbs. I’ve been scared to shoot it because I didn’t have a filter to mount on it. Older series Hasselblad lenses (and some Rolleis) take bayonet style filters and lens hoods. They work great but are hard to come by, and expensive if you do find them.

My idea was to design a lens hood that I could print and mount to the camera. It takes a b104 filter, and hood. Which means bayonet 104mm diameter!

I did some research and found there was a rubber lens hood that was sold to fit this camera, but I haven’t been able to find one for sale, or borrow for reference. The CAD I have posted is all from looking at lots of pictures, and taking measurements from the lens, and a b60 lens hood I have from another lens.

The flickr link below is a nice image the same lens as mine…
a new toy to play with

URL: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2463497

Author: boymeetsmill@thingiverse