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11-02-2014, 09:59 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Using Q as Film Camera's Live Electronic Viewfinder and Exposure Metering

I am sure it has been adapted before. Anyway, I have a DIY 6x12 camera, 6x6, and portable 4x5, planning to 6x17 and 6x24. Anywho, it is a pain to buy wide angle viewfinder for each camera, and they are not cheap. The idea is to use Pentax Q as a live electronic viewfinder, WITH variable zoom/fix zoom that can also metering the scene (I can do exposure exterior/interior manual mode in my head but that is another story). Pentax Q has a wide selection of 3rd party lens; I already modded the canon/ ultrak CS-mount 3.5-8mm , as well as various lower focal prime lens. I combined a leftover hotshoe part with a leftover super8mm hand-grip together. While there is definitely some parallax error, the pentax Q give me a pretty idea of the scene range aside from the built-in optical viewfinder. Anyway I attached some shots

Q on my DIY 6x12 OLAF hotshoe



Album of the mod https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1486327384989419.1073742026.100008...1

Album of the DIY 6x12 OLAF in case anyone is interested https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1478864915735666.1073742004.100008...1

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Looks badass!
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That is a really good idea.
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Aside from electronic viewfinder and live metering exposure, you can use the pentax Q as a sort of "digital polaroid proof" . This setup is similar to BMPCC's external monitor or even similar to the Pro8mm camera. With that being say, it is very lightweight and sturdy, and with a variable wide angle zoom, you can accommodate pretty much nearly all the wide angle film cameras without the need to change to the len on pentax Q.

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Holy viewfinders, Batman! That is intense!

I like your creativity!
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Fantastic! Could be a prop for the next Gilliam film.
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I look the front part of the flash (more salvaging) and made it into a removable hood, anti-glare while shooting in the sun. I don't have black rubber band at the moment, so I'm using blue. Also, the hood is providing a more wide look, in addition to 16:9 aspect ratio I set on the camera; I can still see the setting above and below the LCD




It is hard to take this picture with a phone camera but it is truly 100% anti-glare . The phone could not capture the scene on the Q's LCD




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Shown here is pentax Q attached to my Guzzler120 6x18 DIY medium format camera



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I am absolutely fascinated by the hood you made from part of the flash - is this documented somewhere else that I just haven't run into yet?
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I am absolutely fascinated by the hood you made from part of the flash - is this documented somewhere else that I just haven't run into yet?
It is not documented anywhere else. I jut salvaged whatever parts I can, and I found it it has similar size to pentax Q LCD when I removed part of the flash for the hotshoe part.
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It is not documented anywhere else. I jut salvaged whatever parts I can, and I found it it has similar size to pentax Q LCD when I removed part of the flash for the hotshoe part.
OK ... so were those spars that you attached the rubber-bands to a part of the flash head, or did you add something?
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OK ... so were those spars that you attached the rubber-bands to a part of the flash head, or did you add something?
They were added later, part of shelf leftover stuffs. You can find these at home improvement stores such as Home Depot or maybe Walmart/Target . It can be seen in this album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1486327384989419.1073742026.100008...1
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QuoteOriginally posted by rendition Quote
I am sure it has been adapted before.
Pretty sure it has not, you are the king of DIY! Love to see your experiments.
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That is a great idea!!!

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Geez! This is just so weird and wonderful. I would never do this but it is exciting to see what you cook up!
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