Preview of new X camera 4×5 folding with Silvano Magnone

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Today very super special video!

The preview of the new 4×5 folding camera… the X camera 4×5″!!!

I went to Brussels to meet the professional collodionist Silvano Magnone and try together the new camera (with wetplate holder) to receive some feedback. With us, Elize, the assistant of Silvano, became available at a small shooting.

Designed for professional use, it has an aluminum base board, separate and independent movements with mechanical zeroes.

The camera features on the video:

  • Fast focus on the front
  • Fine focus on the back
  • Ground focus glass with fresnel
  • Standard in olive wood
  • Weight 1,45 kg
  • Dimensions when closed 22x22x6,5 cm
  • max extension 31 cm
  • min extension 6,5 cm

soon the official lunch of the camera, for the moment if you want to stay updated click here:

Wetplate holder LF

Silvano Magnone wetplate collodion with StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera

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Weekend with wet collodion photography with Silvano Magnone and friends of the Aurea association in Rome.

For the occasion we used a Stenopeika 45se2 folding camera with StenopeiKa 4×5 wetplate holder.

It was also an opportunity to test the great feature of this camera (besides having all the movements both on the front and on the back like a view camera), that is the rigidity, by mounting a heavy brass lens of the mid-800 that Silvano uses for his portraits in the studio.the camera is not moved by a millimeter and the workshop participants have been able to use it all afternoon without any problem, personally I’m very happy with this.

You can find other pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/silvanomagnone/posts/10214375409092349

See you in the next video!

Graflock back on StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera and inboxing

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After a week of vacation in which I have not published any content, here we are with a new video!

This time, after many requests and comments, I will show you in detail the operation of the back of the StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera and how it can be used with classic film holders and also for a “special” holders or graflock holders (in the case of video with a polaroid back 504).

With this video we are at 3 for what concerns the model StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera, I remind you a professional, magnetic view camera, with everyone, but all of them, the movements (and very large) both from front and back.

Below are the two previous videos.

The video presentation:

And the “dance” video where you can see all the movements:

Wetplate holders by StenopeiKa

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Today is the day to present an evergreen of stenopeiKa’s catalog: the wetplate holder, in this case 8×10″ but what you will see in the video also applies to the formats 5×7″ and 4×5″, and also ULF.

The features:

  1. the external dimensions are those of the film holder fidelity, so you can use them on all the cameras on the market
  2. the materials (pvc and aluminum) are chosen to be resistant to the chemicals used during the collodion photography process, also based on my personal experience in this type of photography
  3. easily washable materials
  4. you will not see, in the final picture on the plate, the corners where the plate is placed, this is a small secret of this support 🙂
  5. the book opening is very easy and comfortable
  6. double closure, magnetic and mechanical

If you want to see a video extra about assembly of wetplate holder and discover all secret about it click here: http://www.stenopeika.com/stenopeika-wetplate-holder/

You find the wetplate holder here: http://www.stenopeika.com/prodotto/wetplate-holder-lf/

They are not seen in the video, because I forgot about it, but also the format reductions frames are also available, so you could take , for example, 5×7″ with 8×10″ holders.

You find it here: http://www.stenopeika.com/prodotto/reduction-frame/

So i think is the best for you that you want to practice wet collodion photography, see you on the next video and article.

Ciao a tutti!

Your definitively affordable camera – Hyper camera 4×5 advanced full optional

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Today i’ll show you your definitively affordable camera: Hyper camera 4×5 advanced full optional.

Why definitive?

Because for you who looking for:

  1. a lightweight camera (1,4 kg)
  2. compact (22x22x6.5 cm when closed)
  3. easy to transport (enter a bag for ipad),
  4. with the possibility to use not only the sheet films but also roll films (with graflock back)
  5. easy to use (you could see in the previous videos how easy it is to open and the controls are placed in very comfortable positions)
  6. a good price

Hyper camera 4×5 advanced full optional is the perfect choice.

Today you can have everything you want with only € 497

Today I’ll show you the accessory that differentiates the advanced model (presented last week) from the Advanced full optional model that I present today: the graflock roll film holder back.

With this back you can also use the roll film holders back (size 120), and turn a affordable camera into a truly complete camera that meets the expectations of the most demanding photographers.

As you will see in the video the glass frame is easily replaceable with a roll film holders.

Now it’s your turn:

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Hyper camera 4×5 – advanced

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Also today other great news!

I’ve just finished the advanced version of Hyper camera 4×5 the first affordable 4×5 camera by StenopeiKa.

Why this version? Because after many request I decided to implement some features of high-level cameras on the basic to meet even the most demanding users. So for that reasons on the Hyper camera 4×5 advanced you’ll find a professional focus ground glass with printed grid (on basic version you’ll find a satin glass without grid) and the comfortable fine focus system under the focus ground glass like every StenopeiKa’s cameras.

I made this decision because for me, on a professional camera, it is essential to be able to focus with one hand and with the other to use at the same time the loupe 8 or 10x viewer on the screen.

Other difference with the basic version is the color, on the basic the color is only natural wood, on the advanced only black.

These additions raise the price to reasonable € 447, but you have a camera that has nothing to envy to some on the market that cost almost double.

In the video you could see also other accessory, the advanced back, i’m preparing a video specific for this accessory, practically, I immediately anticipate what it is, it is the usual back that I mount on the StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera professional that allows you to also use graflock holders, I’ll be more precise next week.

Ciao a tutti!

P.S. last Sunday, while I was recording the video on the Hyper camera 4×5 basic, I was approached by a gentleman who says he knows me and takes me a picture with a film, with a Nikon … oh well, I forgive him 🙂 Thanks Mirko.

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Hyper camera 4×5 – the new affordable folding camera 297€ (!!!)

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You read correctly, today I show you the new Hyper Camera 4×5″, the new affordable 4×5 folding camera the first of StenopeiKa brand.

In the video you could see the design of new camera with the base board in the shape of the letter H from which the name “Hyper” is inspired.

This camera is thinking for the beginner large format photographer who want to try but don’t want to spend a lot, for t

his reason I designed this camera from “white paper” and thinking with the mind of the people approaching the large format for the first time, so I focused everything on lightness, transportability and cost.

The result is the camera into the video, price 297€ (+ vat), weight 1.3 kg, 22 x 22 x 6.5 cm when the camera is close, It is sufficient to transport abag of Eastpack (where I put my ipad), incredible.

In addition to this there are other details that make it particularly appreciable, such as the 4 ball levels, the possibility to change the classic bellows with a bag bellows through the magnetic system for years on StenopeiKa’s cameras.

Pre-order is already available:

 

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How to assembly 4×5 camera – Stenopeika 45se2 folding camera

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Today other video “tutorial” about the assembly of 4×5 camera.

For this video I chose my favorite camera, the StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera, I like it because it is a complete and complex camera and in a certain way reminds me when I started shooting with the Sinar f2, attention I did not say that it is a Sinar f2, I was inspired especially for the separate and independent movements (both front and back standard), mechanical zero positions and rigidity.

Obviously then I modeled the project to incorporate these features, suitable for a very professional audience, in a folding.

For all these reasons I decided to shoot the video of the assembly with this camera, I hope you enjoy it.

This camera configuration is dedicated to my friend Isabel.

StenopeiKa stories – Im Anina #3

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We arrived at the last chapter (for now) of the series concerning the Im Anina project.

In this video Paolo Mazzo will explain how the project was born and how the project is evolving, from a photographic point of view. I remind you (I advise you to go and review videos #1 and #2) that the project embraces many other professional figures, such as architects, anthropologists and sociologists, all with the aim of transforming the industrial landscape into a true heritage for the city of Anina.

From my point of view, I contributed last year with a workshop on pinhole photography and this year with the construction of an folding camera (StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera) for the portraits of people who continue to work and live in Anina. In fact, the project is shifting the focus from the industrial landscape to the people who live it.

See you in the next video!

Ciao a tutti!