The Plank 65mm jb73940



4x5 Point and Shoot Camera.

65mm ƒ/8 Super Angulon in a Zuiko Focusing Helical, from a 50mm ƒ/1.8.


Takes standard 4x5 film holders, Polaroid holders and roll film backs.


65mm equivalent to 19mm on 35mm,

6x9 back equivalent to 28mm.


Pictures of the lens conversion can be seen at



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  • Maciek Lesniak 5y

    What a beauty!
  • 5y

    Oh... My... God.. .that is absolutely beautiful...
  • Neil O'Connell 4y

    A camera made from a plank. It's not a question of why we do it, it's more a question of 'why do it at all? A bit like the banjo methinks :-) Joe, if you ever have a mind to develop your idea into more than a one-off let me know, I have many contacts in the product design/development area in Ireland. Many of them enthusiastic idiots who would like nothing better than to waste their time on a project as noble as this.
  • joseph 4y

    Thanks again for the comments-

    Neil, a banjo?
    Thanks a lot...

    Product development...
    that means focus groups, consultants, people in suits...

    I've got plans for lots of cameras, the difficulty is in getting around to them all...

    This one will have a new improved MKII version soon-
    Not a development of this particular camera, but a completely new one.
    I learned that trick from the major manufacturers.

    Then we'll see if anyone who said they wanted will one still want one-
    well, want one enough to pay for it...

    As to 'why do it at all ...'
    well, somebody has to make the cameras-
    there's a long (and noble, since you mentioned it) tradition of innovation in photography, just as there is in any other discipline.
    However, I have no plans to make a DSLR in walnut, so Nikon and Canon can sleep easy-
    Though I wouldn't be against the use of modern hi-tech materials in a simple film camera.

    The assemblage of these components in this form is just another avenue of expression-
    just as a picture is a form of expression-
    There are other cameras available that perform the same function-
    some of the very nice Polaroid 110 conversions spring to mind.

    I think, in a way, all those who expressed a fondness for this camera here, are really just saying they liked the picture of it ...

    banjo ...
  • Patrick Putze 4y

    That is AWESOME! Two Please!
  • Bruno 4y

  • ▓▒█ 4y

    dude! :)
  • Cortez77_fr same nickname on Ipernity 4y

    Amazing work !
  • john m......s 4y

    Very sweet......... go wood go...... check out my 65mm graflex conversion..... smiles
  • Carsten 4y

  • *no-nwo-dcs* 4y

  • CrispyFotos (zPRIME) 3y

    Best yet.
  • Jon Wason 3y

    Very Special.
  • joseph 3y

    Thanks again-

    It's had a little addition...

    Plank jb7 DV 3683
  • olivier BARJOLLE 2y

    What a beauty !
  • Barry Wood 2y

    this is beautiful! is that walnut? I used to have a block of walnut about that size, wish I still had it now.
  • Hammer of Light 2y

    By the Gods! What an amazing piece of craftsmanship!
  • joseph 2y

    Thanks again everyone for all the nice comments- check out my new camera, the C11.17, will be posting more pictures of, and from it soon-
  • nicholas james 8mo

    Hey, I'm building a similar camera and I am using a similar olympus helicoid for focus and I was wondering how you made the hole bigger inside the helicoid? I think I have stripped everything as far as it goes...
  • joseph 8mo

    There's a picture on this page that shows how much I had to cut out- I can't remember exactly how I cut it-
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