Custom E-Mount to Sinar View Camera Adapter | #Celebratephotography

Or how to mount a contemporary Sony digital camera to an older, view camera bellows system. Remember if your solution doesn’t exist on the market you can always make it yourself! I know build-its doesn’t like the knurling but check out that custom thumbscrew!

Bayley has a pretty cool Sinar view camera. I’m not going to go into exactly what a view camera is (go read wikipedia), but the gist is that you add a bunch of degrees of freedom between the camera’s sensor (or film) and the lens, allowing you to shift the plane of focus to somewhere not parallel to the plane of the sensor or lens.

Unfortunately, using his CCD camera back requires tethering the camera to a sketchy old PowerBook G4, because that’s all the software to read it runs on, and tolerating the painfully slow ~1 Hz live-view updates. Focusing can literally take an hour if it’s a tricky shot.

To improve the view camera experience, I made an adapter for mounting my own Sony α6000 camera body to the view camera’s motion stages. Because the sensor is much smaller and recessed more into the camera body, you don’t get the extreme range of motion in tilt and swing like you do with the giant sensor, but it’s sufficient to get the view-camera effect.

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