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Way to convert film camera to digital with raspberry pi
Jul 17, 2021 08:53:17   #
Drbobcameraguy Loc: Eaton Ohio
 
I want to try this with my Ae1

https://petapixel.com/2021/07/16/3d-printed-cartridge-turns-any-35mm-film-camera-into-a-digital-camera/

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Jul 17, 2021 09:02:38   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Interesting.

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Jul 17, 2021 09:42:00   #
Drbobcameraguy Loc: Eaton Ohio
 
Longshadow wrote:
Interesting.


I thought it was interesting also. Nothing earth shattering but I have an old Cannon Ae1 and a few lenses that I haven't used in 20 years. Be a nice trip down nostalgia lane to play with and give my idle mind something to play with during construction.

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Jul 17, 2021 09:45:10   #
BebuLamar
 
all lenses are supertelephoto on that one. The sensor is tiny. I have better luck using an Iphone taking picture thru the viewfinder and in that way I have the long focal length of the lens I used and the shallow dof of the larger camera.

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Jul 17, 2021 10:09:58   #
Kentski Loc: Michigan
 
Very interesting, I have an OM1 and macro setup I would like to try this on. I have the Pi and camera, but unfortunately no 3D printer…eh!

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Jul 17, 2021 10:16:05   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
Longshadow wrote:
Interesting.


. . . . that’s about it.

Stan

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Jul 17, 2021 10:34:38   #
chrisg-optical Loc: New York, NY
 


Interesting project, but not the first hack I've seen. I saw one a while ago using a disposable digital camera slapped on the back of a film body - not pretty. You would think a digital back would have been developed and successfully marketed years ago in the early 2000s during the film-digital transition era, but apparently not so. If you want to be able to use your legacy lenses on new digital it would be better to adapt them to a production digital body (there are so many adapter permutations especially for mirrorless). There was another kickstarter-type project a few years ago using a cartridge that looked like the old 126 film cartridge, but it had a FF sensor on it. Never took off last I recall. That would have been fantastic as you could slip it in any 35mm film camera to get a digital image out of it. It would use the sprocket advance to set up the next "frame". Forget about autoexposure or autofocus - all manual.

I had ideas of designing a "Brownie" type camera in a wooden box using something similar with a pi and sensor chip. These make nice science/DIY projects but not as practical as a production digital camera, of course. While browsing through a Barnes and Noble in NYC a couple years back, I noticed they were selling a digital camera kit for STEM purposes. It was around $70, plastic case, APSC sensor I think, with the form factor of a pocket camera. If they still sell it probably the guts can be used to adapt to a 35mm film camera with some hacking.

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Jul 17, 2021 15:15:58   #
Drbobcameraguy Loc: Eaton Ohio
 
BebuLamar wrote:
all lenses are supertelephoto on that one. The sensor is tiny. I have better luck using an Iphone taking picture thru the viewfinder and in that way I have the long focal length of the lens I used and the shallow dof of the larger camera.


Interesting. I don't have an iphone but will try it. Gives me something to experiment with.

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Jul 18, 2021 16:54:09   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Nothing there that is spectacular enough to inspire me to try it.

This idea has been around for some time. Nothing came of any of the articles from long ago.
--Bob

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Jul 18, 2021 18:12:29   #
RichinSeattle
 
Seems rather silly and gimmicky. If you want to use your old Canon or Nikon (like my Nikon F), buy a roll of Kodak Ektra, shoot it and find a photo lab to develop it. I've got a shop a mile from me that develops film and will present me with the negatives, prints and/or will scan the negs at very high res (something my Epson scanner will also do for me).

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Jul 18, 2021 18:23:12   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
I go one better than that. I process my own. Also purchase 35mm in bulk.
—Bob
RichinSeattle wrote:
Seems rather silly and gimmicky. If you want to use your old Canon or Nikon (like my Nikon F), buy a roll of Kodak Ektra, shoot it and find a photo lab to develop it. I've got a shop a mile from me that develops film and will present me with the negatives, prints and/or will scan the negs at very high res (something my Epson scanner will also do for me).

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