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11-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Kodak Vest Pocket digital

Here is a report on the DIY project I was working last week.
In an essence, it is Kodak Vest Pocket AKA KVP mated to Pentax K200D DSLR:


The KVP has a round opening in the back with removable cover to clean the lens:


I opened the port and put glued velcro strips on the back around it:


Now, this is a universal connector AKA "Black poodle" AKA BP: K-mount type T-ring, some glue, some plastic and again, velcro strips:



To assemble the camera, the BP has to be installed on any K-mount camera, then KVP should be velcro'ed to the BP and voilą, Kodak Vest Pocket digital is ready for action!

Images taken with the camera:




100% crop from the picture above:


The one-element meniscus lens has strong soft effect if the aperture is wide open:


If the bellows of KVP are extended the lens will work in a macro mode:



Few points:
- The focus adjustment is done by extending or compressing the KVP's bellows
- Shake reduction is working
- Camera is working in A, P or M modes; the lights is controlled by KVP's aperture
- The composition of the image is done the usual SLR-like way, I did not use KVP's small viewfinder though it is possible (with a tripod)

You can find few more images >here<

What is this hybrid - Kodak Vest Pocket with digital back out of K200D? Pentax K200D with KVP as a lens?
I think it all depends on how you dilute your whisky/vodka

Cheers!!
Emir

PS The author is grateful to Flickr user arkku for the idea


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11-01-2009, 07:08 PM   #2
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I think it's a Pentax K200D with KVP as a lens.

Interesting, the images are a bit soft but not too much, distorsion is minimal, so are aberrations. Nice!

I'm impressed that no light seems to leak in from your less than perfect "flange"
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I think it's a Pentax K200D with KVP as a lens.<...>
It is. Let's have one more drink
11-02-2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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