Tom Fuller

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jan 01, 2002 1 comments

Our project this month is a procedure for turning a 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10 view camera into a panoramic model that makes two or three images on a single sheet of film. Specialty cameras that produce these expansive views are available...

Tom Fuller Posted: Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

If you've been wondering about which medium format cameras would be a good choice for students and other struggling photographers, the answer today would indeed be one of the Seagull twin lens reflex models imported by Phoenix Corporation.

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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

I've been thinking about this month's project for years, but its complexity kept me from presenting it until now. The features of current AF SLR cameras allow the design to be greatly simplified and made practical for the home workshop...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

Our project this month is to turn a hanging garment bag into an effective film drying cabinet. Although this is just barely a Level 2 Project (see the April 2000 issue for an explanation of my DIY complexity scale), it requires the wiring of an AC...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

This month's project is a variable-length extension tube for close-up photography. It provides several inches of magnification adjustment without the need of an expensive and cumbersome macro bellows unit, and allows virtually any lens to be...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Our project
this month is a Perspective Control (PC) lens for 35mm cameras. This optic
is often used by architectural photographers to eliminate the distortion
caused by tilting a camera upward to include the top of a building.Th...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we covered the concept of this undertaking, building a pancake-like camera with considerable lateral movement for ultra-wide angle photography on 6x7cm, 6x9cm, 6x12cm, and 4x5" formats. This month we will go over the assembly and finishing...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

My first encounter with a Vivitar Series 1 lens goes back more than 15 years to the 600mm "Solid Cat," one of the slickest super-telephotos ever made. In addition to great optics, the lens featured an overall length and diameter of--and I'm not joking--around...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we have a Level 5 project (see the April 2000 issue for an explanation of the DIY complexity scale) that I've broken into two parts for convenience. This part describes the concept and the basic camera design, with next month's Part 2 covering...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

This month's project is a simple way to replace or customize the ground glass of any large format camera. Only a few inexpensive materials are needed to make the glass itself, but you will need the use of a computer and a laser or ink jet printer...

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