This is an update on the ongoing series covering my efforts to bring back a strange and beautiful piece of forgotten photographic technique.
I recently received an update from custom camera builder Kurt Mottweiler.
The latest project in the camera design process is this sleeve clamping system. The photos below show some of the details.
The outside parts are made from Baltic birch plywood so that they will have sufficient strength in this oval shape. Here they shown double-stick taped to the platen with a mark on the side of the front one showing the final target thickness.
This is the outer oval attached to the camera side panel with the clearance hole already cut. This oval shape seem the most ergonomically appropriate for the requirement. It is easy to slip your hand through.
This is the inner part. It is are from a black phenolic plastic and will be used to clamp the fabric to the inside wall of the camera after which the excess will be trimmed away. It has a temporary white paper guide attached to it for hole drilling and placement guidance.
Now I’ve got to stitch up a sample sleeve with an elastic rim at the outer end and see how it works.
I’m extremely happy with the progress Kurt is making. I’ll keep you informed.