Scot McPhie Posted June 12, 2004 Share Posted June 12, 2004 I, and a friend of mine who is an electronics engineer, have decided we're going to give it a go and try and make one - if we can come up with a reliable system we will sell them on a build-to-order basis. We're going to go for something fairly basic and then if that works we might try and do something which incorporates more modern technology/electronics. My friend, Rob Greenfield, is quite a talented electronics engineer and I have alot of faith when he says he can or can't do things. So anyway he's going to look after that side of it and I'm going to look after the optics/film side of it. The features we're interested in putting into it at the moment are: * Crystal synch motor at a few set speeds - 18, 24, 25 and 29.97 fps (any other useful/necessary ones?) * A proper gate mechanism so the film runs out of the cartridge through a loop and through a gate to improve stability * Fully manual - no auto focus or zoom or apperture - or ASA detection * Internal light metering * Internal rechargeable battery and DC power input * Sound dampening if the camera isn't quiet enough * Possibly a camcorder style grip - not a pistol grip * A proper through the lense view finder system (possibly an orientable one) * Nobs and controls not a menu system We don't have a time frame on this but have started on the R&D already I'll start a web page soon so you can follow the development of the project. Any comments/advice feel free to let us know. We have no idea of the end price it would probably be around $1000 Australian - and we will only be doing them if we can obtain/make all the parts on a build to order basis. Aesthetically it's probably just going to look like a black box with a lense sticking out of the front - it won't have a die cast body, but will certainly have a solid internal structure to it. We're still tossing around names for it. Scot Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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