I'll be the first to admit that this project solves no critical problem and serves no practical purpose other than to have a bit of fun with other people.
My goal was to install a modern digital camera inside the housing of an old, obsolete camera. I thought it might be fun to pull this camera out in a crowd of people and make them wonder why in the world an old man would continue to use a camera that was obviously as old as he was, as opposed to something more modern.
I initially thought about finding an old huge Polaroid instant camera (you know, the giant ones in molded plastic cases), but decided I didn't want to lug one of those around. I also considered using an old bellows camera, but was afraid I would run into focal length problems.
I settled on an Augus C3 camera, since there are a lot of these available at cheap prices, and they really look old! Plus, the C3 was built with the lens off-centered on the front of the camera, just like most modern digital cameras are made. That would make it easier to line up the digital camera with the lens opening on the old camera.
Step 1: Materials and tools used
The materials used were:
- a Pentax digital camera ($15 at a garage sale)
- an Argus C3 camera (in non-working condition) ($9)
- a piece of scrap 1/8th inch black micarta
- small scrap of wood for shim
- small piece of closed cell foam
- miscellaneous fasteners
Tools used were:
- rotary tool with a cut-off wheel and grinding stone
- drill & bits
- bandsaw (jig saw would work as well)
- sense of humor!