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11-05-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Convert film SLR to digital?

In another thread Adam posted a picture of a converted Exakta:



I wonder if it's full frame

How would you go about doing this??? Someone claimed they used a Nikon D700 to convert a F6 - no details though.


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Now I just have to try to convert my dead K10 to use film..............Reverse nostalgia ? Hmmmm.
Marketing can find a way to sell all those 2 year old DSLRs sitting in the warehouses.
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This one looks like a NEX in the back
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
This one looks like a NEX in the back
Good catch!!! I see the NEX EVF in the photo.

Sort of a mean thing to do to an Exakta just to get a grip for the NEX


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How would you go about doing this???
Gut the Exakta and slip the NEX into the empty space. It looks like a remote shutter release has been slipped into the Exakta release on the lens mount. Sort of a cool hack of the Exakta shutter release. You could probably do the same thing with other cameras (Alpa? Topcon?) having a similar mount.

Edit: What I thought was a remote shutter release is actually the original shutter release on the Steinheil Auto-Quinon 55/1.9. It appears to be mounted to the original Exakta mount on a VX 1000 body. I doubt that the shutter release on the lens actually works the NEX shutter. One thing is for sure...the viewfinder visible beyond the prism housing is a NEX finder. NEXakta?


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(...somebody gutting an Alpa makes me shudder...)

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Some of the older, smaller pro digital backs are coming on used market at prices in reach of the braver, enthusiastic hacker.
I suppose it won't be long before one is grafted on to a 35mm or medium format slr.
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Gut the Exakta and slip the NEX into the empty space.
Interesting. So you'd have to position the NEX at exactly the right distance from the Exakta's lens mount, as well as making sure the NEX is completely enclosed in a light-tight box inside the original body? How would you do this?
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Interesting. So you'd have to position the NEX at exactly the right distance from the Exakta's lens mount, as well as making sure the NEX is completely enclosed in a light-tight box inside the original body? How would you do this?

I think that's overcomplicating it a bit.

No idea how the one above was done, but if I were to do something like that I would just remove the original camera's lens mount and instead replace it with an adapter.
Or, just have the digital camera's mount stick through the hole.

Basically the film camera just becomes an elaborate mask with no function.





I love the concept of a film camera with a digital back, but to me it's because of the simplicity of film cameras over digital. If you were to just shove a digital camera up the back end of a film one it seems pointless to me, you may as well just use an adapter for the lens, or just print a photo of the front of the film camera and stick it to the front of your digital.

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to me it's because of the simplicity of film cameras over digital. If you were to just shove a digital camera up the back end of a film one it seems pointless to me, you may as well just use an adapter for the lens
To me it's not just about the film, but it's about holding a well-made piece of vintage machinery, yet being able to take advantage of modern technology. That's my point.

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I would just remove the original camera's lens mount and instead replace it with an adapter.
Nah, I wanted something like the Exakta pictured - lens in the original camera's mount.
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I would actually quite enjoy a digital back for my MZ-S. I wish the MZ-D made it into production (or Ricoh revives it). The more I use the camera, the more I appreciate the design choices made.

The body would require some modifications to accept J-type lenses and SDM, but I don't think it's impossible.
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Here is another similar Frankencamera, only in this case the donor body is a Nikkormat...

The Sonikon NikkorNex:

Vintage camera digital conversion


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Here is another similar Frankencamera, only in this case the donor body is a Nikkormat...

The Sonikon NikkorNex:

Vintage camera digital conversion


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That's pretty impressive.
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Here is another similar Frankencamera, only in this case the donor body is a Nikkormat...

The Sonikon NikkorNex:

Vintage camera digital conversion


Steve
Wow, thanks Steve. That, I'm afraid, is way out of my league :-(
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Hope springs eternal

Apparently some Super 8 fans haven't given up on this:

http://www.retrothing.com/cameras_optics/

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