I always had awesome customers, but from time to time, I get really surprised when they casually show me project so great, I could never imagine it’s possible. Long story short, let me introduce you to Peter Ivancak who is bringing back to life almost forgotten photography format with 3D printing!
It’s a perfect example how a new technology like 3D printing can revive techniques we almost forgot. I bet, you can find another example where 3D printing helps to revive traditional methods for sure…
Just check out the photos you can get from this 3D printed compact 4×5” large format camera – no wonder these pictures are awesome when imaging area is almost 15 times bigger than 35mm full frame. One more time, 4×5” film is whopping 100x125mm! That is bigger than build area of original MakerBot Cupcake 😀
You can find the link to the campaign at the end of the post, but first I have asked Peter couple of questions when he was visiting my office.
What are the benefits of large format cameras compared to standard SLR cams?
Large format (LF) photography is a completely different experience than a common SLR photoshooting. Regarding the technical quality of the images, the size of the image area is about fifteen times greater than standard 35 mm full-frame with the 4×5 ” large-format photography size. With such huge image data you have the possibilities that classical SLR can’t provide.
The most important thing is the incredible experience of photo shooting – the pure and unspoiled picture taking. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO and incredible depth of field options are all you have. So the strange tension holds not only when you’re taking a picture – it holds until the photography is in your hands ready for the show. LF is simply the true essence of photography.
How long did it take from first idea to the successfully printed model?
It took quite a lot of time. I started working on camera more than two years ago. I had to learn everything from the basics of optics to the 3D modeling and printing. Following the first successful printed prototype it took an incredible 18 months to get the camera design to be easily printable. The model is optimized for ABS filament and its quite large dimensions brought in various complications. However, troubles solved and the camera is finally available.
How was your experience with the Original Prusa i3 and what was the number of prototypes before the final one you’ve been satisfied with?
I must say my Prusa i3 is a faithful guide with this adventure. Its versatility has allowed me the really deep insight into the secrets of 3D printing. The recent upgrade is particularly excellent it accelerated the finalization of the camera. The printer is very robust and can withstand even a rough and improper treatment. I examined the other brands but it turned out that i3 is hardly beatable in any aspect. The only thing I’m missing is the closed box, but I heard it’s planned. Meanwhile, I use a plexiglass box of my own production that’s all I can say. 🙂
When and how we can get your LF camera?
You can get the camera as a digital STL file you print with the 3D printer by yourselves. Or you can purchase the printed body of the camera. There are two versions of the focal length – 58 and 90 mm. Each version comes with a standard body enabling variable focus or a simple body focused from about 3 meters to infinity for a “point and shoot” photography. You can order the camera directly from my website http://ivancak-cameras.com or visit the the campaign on the IndieGoGo page.