Wetplate holders by StenopeiKa

Ciao Ragazzi

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: https://www.stenopeika.com/stenopeika-wetplate-holder/

You find the wetplate holder here: https://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: https://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

Ciao ragazzi!

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

Ciao Ragazzi

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€ (!!!)

Ciao Ragazzi

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

Ciao Ragazzi

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

Ciao Ragazzi!

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!

I love movements – StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera

Ciao Ragazzi!

Today new (short) video about my last folding camera StenopeiKa 45se2.

This time I want to show you the possibilities of movements that the camera offers you, the real strong point of this folding that wants to be a monorail view camera therefore with extreme movements, but with possibilities to shoot outside because the space occupied by folded is relatively little.

The video is very “dancing” i hope you like it.

Ciao a tutti.

NEW MAGNETIC CAMERA! StenopeiKa 45se2 folding camera

Ciao Ragazzi!

Today is a great day! Is the day of the official presentation of the new 4×5″ folding camera, model StenopeiKa 45se2.

After many months of testing with photographer Giulio Speranza (thank you for the pictures) and me I’m finally ready to launch this camera that is “younger sister” of the legendary StenopeiKa 810se2 folding camera, in fact it takes up almost all the mechanics, obviously re-adapted to the 4×5 “format, but keeping the thicknesses and then returning a truly solid and indestructible camera.

But, to make it look more like a large format monorail camera, I’ve also added raise, fall and shift on the rear standard, in this mode I turned a classic folding camera into a really large format camera with these features:

Maximumextension: 370 mm
Minimum extension: 100mm ( 0 mm with tilt)

Front standard movements:
Rise: 6 cm
Fall: 4.8 cm
Shift: 2.2 cm per side
Tilt: 25° upwards; 23.5° down
Swing: 12 ° per side
Tilt from baseboard: 90° onwards-limited by the bellows back.

Rear standard movements:
Rise: 2.4 cm
Fall: 2 cm
Shift: 1.7 cm per side
Tilt from baseboard: forward limited by the bellows, back 29°
Swing: 24° per side

Closed dimensions: 27cm X 27cm X 13.5cm
Weight: 3,100 Kg

Like all StenopeiKa cameras is available in iroko wood, cypress and … olive wood!

As I wrote in the title, the camera is completely magnetic (except for the lens board) and in the video you can see how it self-assembly, and how easy it is to change the chassis from vertical to horizontal and vice versa.

So if you want to discover more details of this camera i make also other video where I show more details, if you are interested in seeing it, just click here:

 

See you in the next video.

Ciao a tutti!

Tutorial how to make a focus ground glass

ciao Ragazzi

first video of 2018 and first tutorial experience, i hope that you like it and it can be useful to you.

Tutorial subject: how to make a focus ground glass for your 8×10 camera.

First of all i use a 2 mm thickness extra clear glass, cut to fit the frame of my 8×10 folding camera, with a chamfer of 1.5 cm for each corner.

Before the sanding phase I make sure to eliminate the remaining dangerous edges.

Only at this point i start with sanding phase with carborundum. I put carborundum and water (a little bit) on the ground glass and i use other small glass to proceed with sanding phase. Also with patience I distribute and “scratch” the glass with circular movements until the water is absorbed.

When the he water is absorbed i wash and dry the glass to check the result, if it is not uniform, I repeat the sanding phase.

To obtain the ground glass in the video i need to repeat the sanding phase 3 times.

See you in the next video!