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3DPrinted Camera - Open Reflex

by LeoM, published

3DPrinted Camera - Open Reflex by LeoM Jul 6, 2013

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The Open Reflex, a research about desktop 3D printing, open design and hacking.
100% Open-Source ! Fell free to copy, understand, improve then share again !


The OpenReflex is an Open-Source analog camera with a mirror Viewfinder and an awesome finger activated mechanic shutter (running ~ 1/60°s). What's more, it's compatible with any photographic lens.
All the pieces easily printable on an recent RepRap-like ABS 3D-printer without using support material ! Everything should print in less than 15h and anyone should be able to assemble it within 1h.
All parts are separate ( Film receiver, Shutter and Viewfinder ) to simplify builds and modifications.
The source files are available under the CreativeCommon By-Sa license, fell free to modify them if you want a new feature, and don't forget to share your improvements here. ;)

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so if i wanted to print out these files and assemble it AS SHOWN HERE, what kind of lens/mount would I need? Nikon, I see. But what MOUNT?
ANd if i wanted a Canon EF mount, how would I find/make that?

"An Excellent Camera."

-Chef Excellence

IMO: Don't waste effort in printing a lens. Concentrate on a lens mount for a specific manual lens. For example, there are tons of otherwise useless, very handy Canon "FD mount" lenses. If you go with Canon choose carefully. FL and R mounts are too old and harder to find. A Nikon fan here can recommend the manual Nikon mount most abundant. In designing your wonderful camera I would concentrate on two things. First, keep the focal plane as perfectly flat and perpendicular as possible. Second, Make the film transport as carefully as possible so the film is guided (hopefully) mainly where the sprocket holes touch the camera to eliminate the possibility of scratching the emulsion. Don't worry how it looks on the outside- makes for a more unique camera. Good luck! What a great project!

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All the detailled step by step instructions are on the Instructable : instructables.com/id/EEMGLJMHI3TRG33/

Note : In alls the files their is some .rar pack and the .Blend source. ;)

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gottesmd on Nov 20, 2013 said:

so if i wanted to print out these files and assemble it AS SHOWN HERE, what kind of lens/mount would I need? Nikon, I see. But what MOUNT?
ANd if i wanted a Canon EF mount, how would I find/make that?

Chef_Excellence on Aug 28, 2013 said:

"An Excellent Camera."

-Chef Excellence

magaphoto on Aug 10, 2013 said:

IMO: Don't waste effort in printing a lens. Concentrate on a lens mount for a specific manual lens. For example, there are tons of otherwise useless, very handy Canon "FD mount" lenses. If you go with Canon choose carefully. FL and R mounts are too old and harder to find. A Nikon fan here can recommend the manual Nikon mount most abundant. In designing your wonderful camera I would concentrate on two things. First, keep the focal plane as perfectly flat and perpendicular as possible. Second, Make the film transport as carefully as possible so the film is guided (hopefully) mainly where the sprocket holes touch the camera to eliminate the possibility of scratching the emulsion. Don't worry how it looks on the outside- makes for a more unique camera. Good luck! What a great project!

tishh on Aug 4, 2013 said:

Simply amazing! Keep up the good work!

nhfoley on Jul 29, 2013 said:

Really awesome project. I'm working on a 3D printed lens now (mechanicals only... at this point). Would love to contribute that to this project when things get a little further.

harryslotwiner on Jul 12, 2013 said:

Where can I buy the light spacer that you mentioned in the Intractable?

LeoM on Jul 13, 2013 said:

The light spacer ? Which step ?

I_3D_Print on Jul 12, 2013 said:

What's next, a movie camera? lol

bre on Jul 11, 2013 said:

Cool. I've got that exact lens in a box in storage from my flim days. Very very cool project.

thecrazy on Jul 11, 2013 said:

coooool

JAMh on Jul 9, 2013 said:

There's no limit for Imagination & 3d printing. ;-)

ak007 on Jul 9, 2013 said:

This is awesome!

RobTFirefly on Jul 9, 2013 said:

This is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your work.

koolhandkc on Jul 9, 2013 said:

brilliant!

mattwj2005 on Jul 9, 2013 said:

Very cool! :)

BookaDooka on Jul 9, 2013 said:

holy crap... coolest thing i have seen yet

redbot on Jul 8, 2013 said:

that is nuts! great job!

LeoM on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Thx for all your greats comments. :)

I_3D_Print on Jul 8, 2013 said:

are all of the components on the inside 3D printed, or are they from a camera??

LeoM on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Just the lens you have to get and a finger-skate truck [ http://www.closeup-fingerskate... ]
All the rest is screw, plastic and a small bathroom mirror.

sirmakesalot on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Super cool! Thingiverse is a better place with uploads like this! Way to go!!

eried on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Pure awesomeness.

jkeegan on Jul 8, 2013 said:

This is so pure awesome. It took all of my effort to keep myself from printing this because I've already said my goodbye to the world of film, darkrooms, and chemicals. Nice job.

LeoM on Jul 8, 2013 said:

You should not ! Darkrooms and chemicals are fun ! :)

kriegs on Jul 8, 2013 said:

This is beyond amazing! Thanks for sharing!

rheaghen on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Greatest thanks and appreciation to all involved in this projects successful arrival here. This, and projects like it are doing immeasurable good for people everywhere!

CreativeTools on Jul 8, 2013 said:

Léo! Your work is totally inspiring! It is a joy to see how you combined good old analogue photo technology with modern 3D printing.

Thanks for sharing this with the world on a open source license! It will for sure infect others and inspire them to work as you do.

:)

jakebot on Jul 7, 2013 said:

I think there are some features here that are very clever, and I like the modular approach you took. For instance, putting the viewfinder ahead of the shutter. I was trying to come up with a good design for a secondary shutter which wouldn't take up too much space, but it looks like you've done so here by using a focal plane shutter. This shutter also gives your camera a really interesting shape, and so I love this design for that.

aubenc on Jul 6, 2013 said:

That's so great! Thanks for sharing it!!

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