After many days of hard work in my small hidden laboratory in the Swiss mountains I'm very proud to present you my newest Steampunk Gadget - The Steampunker's Zenobiaflex One - a digital camera with a very special look and feel.
This project became during the building process more and more complicated. I had many nights without sleep and more than a few times I was close to trash the whole thing... but finally I made it!
This Instructable should give you an idea how to build your own digital camera. Don't forget that you are working with a very fragile elctronic device, so I recommend you to use a really old digital camera which you really don't need anymore... each step you do could be the last one...
I made this experience! I had to build the camera a second time with a Casio Exilim, because the Sony Camera made it only a few hours after I finished it. So this Instructable shows you the way to do it with the Sony Mavica. May I will show you later the version with the Casio Exilim.
As usual I keep it simple - not too much text and explanations. Feel free to ask if you have some questions.
Step 1: The TLR Camera Zenobiaflex 1 From Daiichi Optical, Japan
After 1956, it became Zenobia, carrying on the name but for 35mm rangefinders only.
The original Zenobia was a 120 folder from 1949.
The Zenobiaflex One dates from 1953 and seems to have been a solitary TLR for the company. It is quite a nicely made camera, with a solid feel and fast shutter.
Taking lens is Dai-ichi Neo-Hesper 75mm f3.5. Shutter is Dai-ichi Rapid 1 to 1/500.
Step 2: The Digital Parts From an Old Sony Mavica MVC-FD 200
Step 3: Preparing the Body of the Old Zenobiaflex - Inserting the CCD
Step 4: Building the Box for the Electronics
Step 5: The Vacuum Tube
The tube is mounted with FIMO to the fitting and then baked in the oven - an easy way to create nice Steampunk decorations. To finish I mounted an old metal covered cabel between the fitting and the camera....
Step 6: The Lens and the Shutter
I removed all the moving parts of the mechanic shutter and putted the whole thing together again. Now the difference to the original lens is difficult to realise....
Step 7: The Finish
Because I didn't change the finder on the top the handling of the camera is still the same as before. You can open the lid on the top and you can see the scene thrue the diffusing screen. Because there is no TFT screen anymore, I switched on all the peeping sounds of the camera - so this sounds guide you thrue the operatings of the camera.
So, that's it! May it sounds a little bit too simple - it was really one of my hardest projects. But the nice thing is, that this Steampunk Zenobiaflex is fully functional and it's fun to go out with it....
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