A friend asked me to repair his Nikon film camera and when I examined it for repair, it was full mud and rust from too many outdoor adventures. I told him, go and buy another Nikon Fm camera from online Auction site, which he did and I will recondition it. So out of the two cameras made a perfectly restored camera. After I gave the camera back, I was left of the remains of the old camera for spares. It sat on my selves for some months, then it gave me a idea! As the camera has so much sentimental value to it, I turn it into a digital clock using a donor clock.
I’m not into perfection or restoration as the camera was beyond that condition, but something that is useful and reminder of the good times, what more I can say, looks shabby but stylish.
It made a great gift when I posted it back to him in Australia!
Donor camera or something else of sentiment value, don’t mind being ripped apart for Craft work by the owner.
Donor digital cube clock from online auction or retail site.
Epoxy Glue or hot glue.
A4 Perplex Plastic colour that matches the digital display purchase online auction site in A4 sheets. (Wrong colour will blank out the digital display)
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Step 1: Disassembly.
The hardest part of the project is taking apart the camera to peices, measuring and cutting square hole in the back of the camera, plus removing plenty of internal parts to make room for the display in the front. Two approaches to this where can carefully dissemble the camera into all it parts or what I did was just cut and grind at the camera with it still completely assembled. No straight forward way of doing this apart from removing the camera back and lens Mount first, then anything goes.
The tin snips are good for cutting the hole in the film cover in back of the camera, the grinder takes some time to cut way through the metal body. At time used a big screw driver to lever out to break some of the parts I could not cut out with the grinder,
This activity something not done in the lounge or the kitchen table, as dealiing with metal dust and fragments and can injuir other people if left behind. Also risks of using power tools, using protective gear like mouth and eye protection is so cricitical with metal working. Like it or not health and safety is important as only got one body to live with. Cutting plastics can be produce bad unhealthy fumes, so well vented area is important. I cannot be held accountable as the technique of working is up to you how you prepare the camera.
Step 2: Dissembling the Clock.
The wooden cube clock is fairly easy to break open, just got to watch out not to damage the cable between the back compartment and the display.
Step 3: Assembly
The clock is fairly quick to install into the camera body, if you made all your calculations correctly.
Just a matter of cutting a perpex front for the camera to glue the digital display and glue in the back battery compartment.
Or can use left over lense filters work very well instead, I have done before, using hot glue or epoxy it both work well.
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