Designer 3D Prints a 35mm Film Camera

2016-09-19 4

Support for the film and analogue community continues to get stronger; more artists go through creative endeavors to show their participation.

Now, this little project by digital designer Amos Dudley could be the answer to all film camera manufacturers’ problems. While 3D printing slowly becomes a norm, his 3D-printed 35mm film camera named Slo is not only a mere body, but a functioning and complete one as well. Along with the 3D printing process, he included the lens, which he claims to be the most difficult to create. This is the full-blown 3D model of the camera:

Patterned from C.J. Wollaston’s shutter design from 1885, the camera used a traditional blade-style design which makes aperture adjustments easy for users. Here’s a demonstration of how Dudley’s camera works:

While digital mediums rise, film still lives on. The future is indeed, analogue.

What do you think of 3D-printed film cameras? Would you use them? Let us know through a comment below!


Preview image was taken from the video.

written by lomographymagazine on 2016-09-19 #gear #news #35mm #film-photography #3d-printed-camera

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4 Comments

  1. pannydeters
    pannydeters ·

    Absolutely! Imagine a software program where you could design your own camera and then print it yourself, or have it printed at a local facility. The future is not only analog, but PLASTIC as well.

  2. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    A great way to reproduce the Holga camera!

  3. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    @Sirio174, isn't it a great way to reproduce the Holga?

  4. 3-dbob
    3-dbob ·

    It's fascinating witnessing the strides 3-D printing makes as it evolves, but at this point the cost of a 3-D printed Holga would be considerable, while the mass produced injection molded original only costs a few dollars to produce. In NYC in 1967 a Diana camera sold for $1.99 retail in a blister package, and you could find them (like I did) at a famous close out store called John's Bargain Stores for 69 cents !! I bought 2 at the time, I was 12 yrs old, and I bought them because they were the cheapest functional camera I had ever seen and they worked for the most part. The inherent weirdnesses introduced by the styrene molded lens were a given. I still have one of them. Imagine my shock decades later when people were getting gallery shows based on work shot with Dianas specifically because of the inherent weirdnesses !!! I Love Lomography...

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