I started out building my previous DIY camera www.flickr.com/photos/ezzie0304/4676126084/in/set-7215762... with the intent of ending up with a 6x17, but got side tracked. I´ve now made good on my original promise and here it is: The main body is built out of a case for a bottle of A.E.Dor Cognac. That of course ment I had to do what the British are best at, work around the inherent design faults, rather than fix the design.
I had to chop the case down lengthwise as there was a divider 2/3 of the way up. This meant there would be so little room to load and unload the film I had to have a removable chambre noir with film gate and rollers all in one. Getting the rear light tight would be difficult since I have a sliding rear door. The pressure plate has to be removable too, for the same reason the chambre noir is. I chamfered the corners of the face of the camera for cosmetic reasons. The case top, bottom and front are clad in oak. The sides, doubling up as handles, in another hardwood. The lens is the same as for the 4x5/6x12 project, and Fujinon SW 90 f8 on a Chinese helicoid mounted on a Linhof lensboard. Finder also from the 4x5/6x12, with a new mask.
The camera front (notice the sliding rear door protruding from the side):
D300, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
My blog on this and other projects: on-your-kitchen-worktop.blogspot.com/
And finally a proper picture of the camera: www.flickr.com/photos/ezzie0304/8155320651/in/set-7215762...