I have build a rotating shutter and a contraption to lift mirror into my life size wooden model camera. On the image above you can see the lens that will be mounted on its front: a lens from my Durst enlarger with an aperture of f 5,6 and a focal length of 210 mm. I put off my previews plans of making the camera usable for architecture photography as the length of the uncut mirror tile together with the back of the camera were too long to allow a short wide angle lens.
I brought the whole construction of the shutter mechanism back to its simplicity of my first cardboard model. The handle to fire the shutter I made on the right side of the camera. A pistol grip as I announced in a previews post I will make in another model. For now it is more important to concentrate on the synchronization between the mirror movement and the shutter rotation.
In the video above you hear a clicking sound at the end, which was made by a green pushpin that fell off from the mirror lifting mechanism. In the second video you can see how the mirror get lifted and how the shutter opens for around 1/30 of second.
The camera didn't got any cosmetic improvements yet. In a later state I will cover the rotating shutter with a front door that holds the lens and the ground glass will get a hood with magnifier. I am almost sure that I can post the first photo made with this camera within this month!
all images © Norman Beierle