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Copal 0 and 1 shutter handling tips

Posted December 1, 2009 in Kit/Equipment

Swiss camera manufacturer Alpa says to not change the shutter speed after cocking the shutter on Copal 0 and 1 size shutters. From their newsletter: Back in analog times everything was a little bit easier. Photographers were photographers and the number of actuations of the shutters low. Now in the digital times the number of [...]

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Mechanical shutter exercising day

Posted April 28, 2009 in Kit/Equipment

Shutter lubricants get hard or gummy if they sit for too long, so it’s a good idea to give your shutters regular workouts to keep them working smoothly. It sucks, but it helps avoid sticky shutters, which cause ruined photos and expensive servicing. I try to fire each of my shutters about 20 times on [...]

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Nikon D3 shutter release in super slow motion

Posted September 16, 2008 in Extra Geeky

Check out this video of a Nikon D3 shutter release in super slow motion at Jeffrey Fried’s blog! Via GRINZ

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How to fix a Holga’s corner double exposure issue

Posted October 6, 2007 in Camera Hacking & DIY

There is a fairly common shutter issue with Holga toy cameras that creates a slight double exposure in the bottom right corner of the frame (see above). See what causes it and find out how to fix it at Squarefrog’s excellent Holga resource site, Holgas Online.

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The Jim Galli shutter for barrel lenses

Posted December 22, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

Most large format lenses are mounted in shutters, as focal plane shutters for large format are extremely rare. Barrel lenses don’t have them, and are generally used with very slow film and historical plate processes, where the shutter time is long enough that you can just remove the lens cap to make your exposure. What [...]

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Homemade pinholga floppy disc shutter

Posted September 26, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Pinhole

Check out Will Luo‘s sweet 3rd-generation homemade pinholga floppy disc shutter. He writes: the third incarnation of the pinholga’s shutter. i got the idea of using a floppy disk from this blog entry. this one is customized for the holga though. it was much easier and faster to make than the last version: 1. cut [...]

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DIY pinhole & zone plate shutter design

Posted June 30, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Pinhole

Prolific camera builder Eric Molczan published plans for a cheap & easy-looking DIY shutter for pinhole and zone plate cameras. Check it out at f295

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WTB: bare Copal 0 or Compur 0 shutter

Posted April 16, 2006 in Random

I’m looking to buy a bare Copal 0 or Compur 0 shutter. I don’t really care about cosmetics, but I do care that it works properly. If you’re looking to sell one, please get in touch! As I’m in the US, shipping would obviously be more convenient if you are, too, but no sweat either [...]

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