Getting a handle on your Widelux (D-I-Y)

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Widelux F7 fitted with a D-I-Y hand grip made made from a door stop

Image shot in a mirror and then flipped

© Dirk HR Spennemann 2011
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  1. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    One of the main problems when photographing with the Widelux is how to hold the camera firmly without getting the fingers in the shot. While the hand ball grip produced for the Voigtländer Bessa looks very stylish and elegant ( see this page by mapcamera in Tokyo), it is both too expensive and also does not have the right shape for the way I wanted the handle the camera.

    I like the approach taken by the Soviets for the first version of the Krasnogorsk Horizont (1972 model): a plain hollow tube. The bottom could be unscrewed revealing a cavity in which an extra roll of film could be stored. While that worked well and felt right, I did not want to risk breaking the plastic handle, lest my Horizont set then be incomplete.

  2. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    As I was putting the Horizont handle away, Serendipity patted me on the shoulder: Mulling over alternate options, I noticed the plastic knobs that stop a door from banging against the wall. Incredibly, they have same shape and dimensions (incl. diameter), and are also hollow. Moreover, their rubbery plastic actually provides for a much better grip than the hard plastic unit used by Krasnogorsk.

    I had some tripod screws salvaged from the wrecks of some decayed leather camera ready cases. One such screw was fitted to that part of the door stop that is normally screwed onto the wall/skirting board and fastened with a bolt.

  3. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    I had planned to place two filters (the ND4 and the custom-made +0.5 diopter close-up lens ) into the space, rather than a roll of film.

    To protect the filters from rattling around and scratching, I made little felt-lined sleeves.

    and it all fits in... a simple and cheap, but effective solution to a problem...

  4. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    I'll road test it for a week or so. If it works as I anticipate, I'll replace it with a BLACK door stop. I just happened to have one of the cream ones lying around.

  5. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    Come on Alvaro, surely you're not envious of the door stopper ;-)
    I must admit I am very lucky to have two shooting Wideluxes... This F7 is the one that I repaired

  6. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    Close-up of the close-up filter:

  7. Nykino2011 33 months ago | reply

    wow, this is a good idea!!

  8. heritagefutures 33 months ago | reply

    thanks! and easy to do too ;-)
    my road test so far looks good...

  9. jason a. cina 32 months ago | reply

    Ive seen this camera before. I think the actor extraordinaire Jeff Bridges shoots with one. nice thing to have.

  10. heritagefutures 32 months ago | reply

    Jason, yes he does..

  11. machamish48 32 months ago | reply

    Well done - ! 'll certainly steal that idea -Jim Mac

  12. heritagefutures 32 months ago | reply

    Jimmy, by all means, feel free to copy, that's why I posted it here... feel free to fave too ;-)

  13. RaúlM. 32 months ago | reply

    Very good idea and execution!

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