THE STANDARD 4X5 3D-PRINTED CAMERA
You know how you can snap a shot on your mobile phone and then fiddle around for hours with filters until you get something that looks pretty much exactly like a photo taken by a 1970s auteur? Wouldn’t it be better if you could do all that with the added expense and inconvenience of an actual 4x5 large-format camera? But also without the expense and inconvenience of having to buy a 4x5 large-format camera? Do we sound confused? This isn’t confusion. This is ART.
Drew Nikonowicz (seriously, I know) claims to have spent “several years now” working on a 3D-printed 4x5 kit that you print and assemble yourself. Nikonowicz says he designed the kit to be printable on a consumer-grade printer, with all other bits and bobs available at his weird US equivalent of Bunnings. Of course, because Kickstarter, he’ll sell you a full kit including the fiddly bellows in a range of colours, for US$350.
A large-format camera offers no less than 15 times the resolution of a 35mm camera for no more than 1500 times the stuffing around. If you know what you’re doing. Film? Forget about it. You need to use 4x5 PLATES. And you need a darkroom. And not be allergic to all those chemicals. Oh and the camera doesn’t come with a lens or tripod.