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Peter Johansson is building a professional-grade medium-format camera. Like, from scratch. He’s about 80% done and has done a wonderful job documenting the build. [Thanks, Billy!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Simon

    Wow! Great link and project and really well written up. The use of Technic Lego for the mechanicals is a great idea. Be interesting to see how it comes out and what the photographs are like. I really like the cardboard aperture. For years I had an old brass aperture ring as a key chain but I lost it somewhere one day.

    • Tony

      I’m surprised that the person doing this didn’t find a copal shutter mechanism. They can be scavenged from any number of old folder cameras. Shutter and aperture combined in a single convenient unit!