One of the crucial choices in building a handcrafted wood view camera is undoubtedly… the choice of wood. This must be resistant but light and beautiful to the eye.
The choice, in this particular project, was oak. It is a light, hard wood that ties in beautifully with the modern line designed.
The chassis can accommodate a large plate up to 24.5 x 24.5 cm and, thanks to specific adapters, supports all the lower standard formats (8×10, 5×7, 4×5 as well as Instax Wide instant films).
Soon I plan to build an adapter for 4×5 flat films to be used both with this view camera and with the smaller ones of the series.
The bellows, also designed and self-made is red faux leather (color that characterizes the entire production of my optical benches) and extends to about 580mm.
During the entire construction of 8×10 view camera, I had fun taking photographs and small clips of the work in progress that I present below. The last clip is a time lapse of the final assembly.