I tried for a while using a variety of cameras.
I found the biggest problem with video or using a digital still camera,
was that the cameras were too damn smart.
They keep trying to make pictures of children at a picnic, so when you
throw a welding arc at them they just don't know what to do.
The solution is to go to a film camera and shoot through a welding
hood, or use a really dumb digital camera with no auto anything.
I suspect if you go to the high end of digital you can get there too.
I was unable to turn off all the auto features on my cameras.
Auto-focus and auto-light-balancing were the worst culprits.
Auto-focus tries to focus on the welding lens not the weld, like trying
to shoot a picture through a glass window.
The camera will try to focus on the window.
Auto-light-balance thinks it is staring at the sun and goes haywire.
The industrial quality welding cameras, used for robotic welding cels,
are very expensive.
They call them "vision systems".
I tried one of our underwater cameras from school, and it was dumb
enough to work through a welding hood, but unfortunately it has a
permanent wide-angle infinite-focus lens so it can't see well that
On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 17:42:59 -0700, Ernie Leimkuhler
Ebay is filled with with Canon FTBs and other similar older SLRs that
can be rigged by simply putting a welding lens across the front of the
lens. Perhaps a Cokin Filter holder screwed to the front of the lens
will give you a nice flat place to tape on the filter.
Those cameras cost at most...$20 plus shipping
Here are a few examples.....
If you dont like Canon...Pentax/Mamiya/Konica/Minolta is also good...
Etc etc etc.
Shoot as either prints or slide, have the film development place (most
Walmarts, CNC pharmacies etc etc) scan rather than print and they will
hand you a CD for less than $20 with a bunch of your computer ready
pictures..A Bunch..... and all you need for film is Black and White,
which you can certainly develope yourself very easily for little money.
Hell..Ebay has slide and negative scanners for damned damned little
And so forth.
Its not rocket science, just a bit of common sense.
Gunner, one time very advanced "hobby" photographer
I used to be into black and white "model" photography. Had a Beseler 45
MCRX with a motorized carriage and six or eight Carl Zeiss lenses. It was a
lot of fun. The photography wasn't bad either.
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My Dad's darkroom sink next to his enlarger spent the last ten years
or so holding PCs and scanners instead of developer, stop, and fixer
trays. In the summer it was one of the coolest rooms in the house
(back basement corner).
On Mon, 19 Jul 2010 08:07:06 -0700 (PDT), Glenn Lyford
Id be happy to pass both of these very very nice enlargers on to someone
for a couple 2 liter bottles of Diet Mt Dew. Chances are slim that Ill
ever get back into a darkroom and Id rather like to see these go to a
Omegha D models IRRC.
Some of the Mercury batteries are scarce or missing. There are some
replacements now. I had a large one in a light meter. Sekonic (sp)
but that one was stolen with my Gossen. SOB's got my professional set
of Minolta's and 9 lenses. Now I have Nikon's and Sony's.
The Minolta's were toted around and took official stills for AFRS -
known as AFRTS now - adding TV in the 'later years'. Armed Forces Radio Service.
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