Digital Camera Recase Into Film Slr

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Introduction: Digital Camera Recase Into Film Slr

About: the a b c approach is not for me .all feedback welcome. thanks for looking. if you would like some assistance or are interested in purchasing something don't be a stranger .

firstly i should point out that the slr was in very poor shape before i remodeled its innards ,
secondly the step by step bit is a bit vague i did this pre olympics in fact i finished it the night before the opening ceremony.
took about 30 hours over several weeks

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Step 1: Misplacement

the camera had 2 boards which needed to be distanced so i had to put wires where the boards connected. the twisty dial is being kept but its board needed trimming

Step 2: Patching Up

completely different buttons means different hole configuration. metal and car body filler. i reversed the plastic from the front of the digital camera and stuck it where the lens goes. the slr had a timer on the front so more filling , did a test run for colour selection

Step 3: Eyeing Up

getting new buttons reddy and sorting out composition inside body, more trimming needed to enlarge case, also the flash installed. also colour modification made

Step 4: Gunge Away

finding space for flash cap, adding insulation, checking clearances, and getting the lens in the right place

Step 5: It Dont Look Good Do It?

putting the control buttons in and seeing if the wires will fit, also checking for short circuits

Step 6: Now Concentrate

more tiny soldering to get control buttons to work, note celebratory glass of absinthe

Step 7: Ram It In

put new twisty dial top on with push through shutter button, hot glue keeps wires safe and holds screen in place, try not to glue finger into wires

Step 8: Squishy Squashy

rubber bands over a couple of days gently squash all the wires into the case, keeping check of if the thing still works.also leatherette is added to case. battery's only just fit in.and a hasty sd card slot is made

Step 9: Add a Logo and Go

controls all labeled and away you go

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    13 Discussions

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    willash10056
    willash10056

    4 years ago

    I've been trying to do a simular thing but im really snuggling with extending the wire as they are way to small to solder. What digital camera did you use?

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 4 years ago

    i think this was the camera..

    http://www.itechnews.net/2008/01/05/kodak-easyshar...

    tin the tip of the wire then trim it down. ,and the contact, a strong pair of readyspex helps also, gives you macrovision. just put some of my wires in a vernier caliperthey range from .4mm to .95mm .

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    YouNeverKnowItUntil
    YouNeverKnowItUntil

    6 years ago

    I have a nikon f4. I really like it, because all the settings are on dials. do you think it would be possible to put a nikon dslr into the body, or would it be too complex?(af, etc.) I could just put a point and shoot into it.

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    theres a lot to think about there, dslr?think youll run into space issues, sony do some large sensor compacts, but there not cheap.you might be able to use the original lens. A lot depends on how the f4s controls work inside the camera , to determin how thir functionality could be used. Youneverknowuntil you rip it open and have a good look inside :-)

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    edwardpang96
    edwardpang96

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Im sure with time and skills it is possible but is it worth the time ? But it does seem like a neat project and fefinately would be a piece of eye catching and proudn piece of creation ;)

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I think the value worthieness of time , comes from seeing if it can be done, the experience gained from the build teaches and enhances skillset. Doing these kinds of builds is down to the individual and what they would like to make having a resource of being able to see what others have made can inspire and contextualise the idea, and with build tips it can make realization of an idea or concept , closer to possible with a resource of information covering all sorts of things.iv added to instructables and iv learnt and been inspired by it, also entering the competitions can get some neat stuff if you really go for it.And for me Having a portfolio of made objects could in the long term could help a creative career. fingers crossed.

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    YouNeverKnowItUntil
    YouNeverKnowItUntil

    6 years ago

    hmm.. I just bought a konica autoreflex tc.. so I could just fit a compact into the body?

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    tony57
    tony57

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I was wondering if I could put the digital sensor into a film camera to utilize my antique lenses.

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    thank you....it is possible. the trick is to find a digital camera your willing to break that has a large ish sensor, or by adding a converter lens to try and squeeze the image onto the sensor.. otherwise you end up with an enormous amount of crop .

    heres one i made earlier :-)

    https://www.instructables.com/id/prktica-fujian-multilens-mash-up-its-a-messy-one/

    practika fujian.JPGDSCF3109.JPGPICT3164.JPG
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    agis68
    agis68

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i like this.....not the choosen color but i like the combination of modern and retro....also you can use the old lenses for zooming the camera right?

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    not on this on ,this just uses the stock kodak lend , i did do a praktica fujian combo that the lens can be changed on, most of london was in this colour scheme for the last month it was hideous

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    crazyg
    crazyg

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    thanks, as instruction manuals go its a bit of a mystery tour,