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Legotron Mark I: a 4×5 camera made of LEGO bricks

Cary Norton, photographer and long-time blogger at the website has shared his creative work on the Legotron, Mark I, a 4×5 camera made of LEGO bricks. In August of 2009 he started with the help of the LEGO builder App to develop a couple of rounds of prototypes that proved to work well. Recently, he found the time to complete his endeavor, and after several iterations he has finished the project. The results of his efforts, the camera building blocks and sample images can now be seen at his website...
All about the Legotron Mark I, sample images and more..."I have no clue how many pieces are in this camera..."

• It's dimensions are roughly 7″x6.5″x7″
• The main parts are a Main box, internal box, film holder/ground glass slot, lens board, lens.
• The lens is a 127mm ƒ4.7 I got on ebay for ~40 dollars
• The lensboard is two Plates deep and fits perfectly in the slot I built for it (though, I cut it down to one plate in the center to actually mount the lens).
• Focus is achieved by sliding the internal box forward and backward.

The focus range is limited to roughly 3 feet to about 18 inches. It's good for portrait, but certainly can't focus to infinity. Mark II (once I get to that) should have a way better focusing range. I'm planning on making a pinhole lens board too.

The ground glass is just plexi, sanded with various fine grits. It's held in place by a film holder that previously had light leaks, but now has the aluminum center cut out. The fit is tight and I ran a line of liquid nails too, just in case.

I have plans for the next version already. I have a lot more knowledge now and can probably design more accurately in the LEGO App. I'm also going to do a lot of measuring to make sure I have a better focus range (on this version, I just started building on a whim). I'm sure lots of other little tweaks will find their way into the Mark II, but for now, I've got to shoot this guy as much as I can! I'm working on a cohesive project theme to shoot around. I'm open to suggestions too.

Additional information: All about the Legotron Mark I, sample images and more...
April 17, 2011
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