Can't Afford XPan?

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Own a Holga WPC? 120 film too expensive to experiment with? Want some super long pano with sprocket holes?

After looking at the camera for a while, I decided to add in a ‘rewind’ knob. I digged my camera graveyard and found a ripped apart Chinese TLR and managed to salvage the film advance knob which I hoped could be easily planted onto the Holga WPC. The problem came when I was trying to make a hole on the underside of the WPC so that I can mount the ‘new rewind knob’. I do not have proper equipments, so I had to make do with a screw driver, a pretty large screw and a pair of scissors. Hahaha. A drill will of course make things easier but I do not have one at home. Anyway … fast forward a little bit and it was done. I attached the rewind knob to the bottom of the WPC using some Selleys Knead It. I found this hand kneadable fast setting epoxy puttyat a DIY store recently and it seems pretty good for such DIY work.

Next headache … finding something to attach to the rewind knob to turn the roll of film during rewind. The rewind knob from the TLR was for 120 film, thus I need something to handle 35mm film. Hmm … back to the camera graveyard and this time I found a ripped apart Gakken Stereo Pinhole camera. Aha!!! I took the small part from the camera where the rewind lever attaches to … and carefully (using Knead It) stick it to part of an empty 120 spool … so that I can make any necessary adjustment to it if I have to.

Sorry if what I was describing above sounds confusing. Haha. I ain’t good at explaining (or writing) … so I hope these few photos can explain what I did.

For those who has used the Holga or the WPC before … you might be wondering how can we use the original film advance knob as the rewind knob, since it only turn in one direction. What I did was that I turned the knob real hard (ouch!) counter-clockwise until all the plastic ‘gears’ inside the knob are broken. It sounds scary but it really ain’t too hard (or heartbreaking). Hahaha. Once you manage to make a few counter-clockwise turns … the knob can now be turned in both directions. Tada~ Ready!

Don’t forget to tape up the 120 film window behind the camera … or else there will be a big time light leak disaster.

* These photos are test shots to make sure the cammie works. Sorry if they look too random/boring :D

written by ndroo on 2010-11-08 in #gear #tipster #holga #film #camera-modification #35mm #wide #sprockets #xpan #pinhole #tutorial #wpc #pano #tipster

10 Comments

  1. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    Wow. Great job and nice results!!

  2. dogtanian
    dogtanian ·

    i took some 35mm pictures with mt WPC but i had to wait till i got back home so i could take the film out in darkness haha

  3. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    pretty cool!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    ndroo rocks the house again ! I'm so excited, I just ordered a WPC !!! I tried it once (my buddy @rater lend his to me) and loooooved it ! I have some 70mm you might like buddy... Anyway, fantastic post !!! : )

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great tister! @stouf: I can imagine what you can do with this cam and 70mm... as you already did with Holga 120... :))

  6. ramireo
    ramireo ·

    Sooooo great!

  7. ishoothorizon
    ishoothorizon ·

    I have an Xpan and it's a great. I do not understand why you compare a sublime camera with this kind of "photography",...? Maybe because you don't have a Xpan!

  8. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    @ishoothorizon : Hahaha! The title was meant to be funny. Not really comparing it to an Xpan. I know what an Xpan can do because I've used one before. :D

  9. norya
    norya ·

    GREAT article!!!!

    ishoothorizon : the whole content does not imply on any comparison with Xpan.... sorry if i read your comment wrongly.. ... i do not see the point of your comment... : P

  10. dogma
    dogma ·

    Amazing! great work

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