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John Kossik
Lives in Mill Creek, WA, USA
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Bunny in the Shade
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 300mm f4
AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200
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John Kossik

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Leaving Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, WA
Finally got my 3D printed camera with a large format lens to generate an image (https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/jL9DMJ7gxHJ). I have to say that I am not pleased with the sharpness but then again this is the first image and was hand-held from the back of a ferry boat.
I think I will adjust the flange back distance a little perhaps this will give me a sharper distance image. If I get the flange back distance correct it looks like f16 to f22 are the best for this lens.
Some vignetting at the corners but that is to be expected I guess.
I will keep on trying to prefect the images from this camera, perhaps I am trying to compare it too closely to my RB67. This camera is so light that perhaps a tripod is needed for distance sharpness.

6x14 Panoramic Camera
3in. Goerz Rectagon f6
Kodak Porta 400
1/400sec, ~f19
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+John Kossik it is an amazing shot though. Very cool
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3D Printed 6x14 camera Update
Painted flat black
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3D Printed 6x14 camera Update
Had some good suggestions on preventing the light leaks through the body of my 3D printed camera. I finally decided on a High Build Auto Primer. There are some speciality ones that are probably better than what I used but they are difficult to purchase locally so I settled on Filler Primer from Rust-oleum because it was easily available at Home Depot. After 7 to 8 coats, I lost count, I tested it with a flashlight (or torch for those across the pond) and it passed. So far so good.
Will let it fully dry overnight and then a few coats of automotive matte black non-reflective spray paint.
Eventually I will probably add some leatherette as was suggested to cover some of the seams and make it look nicer.
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I have written an article detailing this build but it is not completed as of yet because simply I have not gotten the camera to actually produce images. When I do I will finish the article and it will be posted on a friend of mines photo site http://www.japancamerahunter.com/. Some of my other builds can be found on this site also by searching under Kossik. Most of this build has been posted in this forum and you can find the relevant posts under "DYI and Projects." You can also find the post starting at https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/YyMftKMVYm3 and following the links therein.
I will also be posting the final STL and OpenSCAD files on Thingiverse eventually.
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Oso Landslide Memorial
July 2016
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 50mm f1.2
AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200
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Red Lily
Nikon FM3a
AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200
Very pleased with the colors and sharpness of this cheap film. Not the sharpness of Ektar 100 for landscapes but for closeups like this it is very good.
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Mill Creek Town Center
Mill Creek, WA
Nikon FM3a
Nikkor 50mm f1.2
AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200
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Orcas off west side of San Juan Island on Kayak trip yesterday.
Crystal Seas Kayaking tour
Nikon D300
Nikkor 300mm f4
1/400 sec
f16 to f20
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+Mike Adams We were very lucky. Matter of fact I have lived in the Seattle area for 30 years and this is the first time that I have seen orcas in the wild. Seen of course harbor seals and sea lions and even Steller Sea Lions and even had a glimpse of a Minke Whale once but never orcas. I have been on this kayak trip once before and only saw bald eagles (which are all over of course) river otters and harbor seals. I took my in-laws from Michigan who were visiting, all 8 of them, on this trip. First time in Washington State and they see orcas up close! Not that we tried to get that close as we were rafting our kayaks as is protocol when orcas appear and the came right at us!
I carried three cameras with me, D300 with the 300mm f4 lens (old 2000s version), Nikon FM3a with 50, f1.2, and one of my medium format folders, Agfa Record III. My fellow kayakers were questioning why I was carrying so many cameras. That stopped once the orcas were spotted.
The images could have been a little more in focus but with the kayak and the orcas moving even the fastest autofocus can be fooled. Could have also gone with a little higher shutter speed, but then again I wanted the f -stop as high as possible in case the focus point was not spot on the whales themselves.
The key to the whole thing was actually my carrying pack, a used Kata GDC Series T-214 that I got off Craigslist. I don't think they even make it anymore, think I bought it for $25 from some guy. It is a horrible pack for anything other than kayaking in my opinion. But for kayaking it is perfect.
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3D Printed 6x14 camera Update
It is said that Thomas A. Edison tried upwards of 3,000 times before he found the carbonized bamboo filament that would make his light bulb reliable. His company is said to have done 10,000 experiments before they developed a viable storage battery.
Well now I don't feel so bad that my 3D Printed camera is still not operating. First two rolls through the camera were fogged from overexposure. I thought initially it was due to the take-up spool not rolling the film tight enough. Fixed this and still got a fogged roll. Thought it might have been light leaks around the light seals but alas it was far simpler, light is coming through the actual camera body itself.
This cannot be seen unless you hold a flashlight right up to the body of the camera, but when you do the light leaking through is obvious. This is due to the fact that the camera body is not solid. There are only three layers of solid plastic and a honeycomb structure to fill the rest. This makes it very light and strong, but due to the filament extrusion method of this printing three solid layers are not enough.
Printing the camera as one solid is really not an option for something this large so another solution will have to be found. Probably will apply some High Build Auto Primer to fill in the gaps between the lines of filament as a start.
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+John Kossik thin goat leatherette in sheets is widely available on eBay for cheap. Some it's self-adhesive you only need to cut it with a sharp knife and apply it, but I would rather get a non-adhesive one and apply some thick glue.
Also some neoprene adhesive (the type you can use to fix scuba suits) could do wonders. I usually use it to fix bellows and it really does the job
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University of Washington graduation 2016
Agfa Record III
Fuji Pro 400H
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Saga of 3D printed continues.
The initial roll of 120 film exposed using this camera was a complete disaster as the film on the take-up spool came unwound upon opening up the back. This was due to the fact that this initial design did not include film tighteners to wind the film tightly onto the take-up spool. I originally thought that these may not be needed due to the tightness of the winding mechanism itself but was still a little worried about it as I have had trouble with non-functioning film tighteners in old cameras in the past. The experience with the first roll confirmed my concerns. To that end I played with the fabrication of some make-shift film tighteners.
After a few tries I finally found some spring steel that could be bent but still had enough strength to bounce back to its original shape under the pressure of the widening roll on the take-up spool. I also placed a tightener on the supply-spool side though I do not think that is as critical.
Just took a second roll of film out of the camera using these film tighteners, looked like it rolled up nice and tight. Will get it developed tomorrow and see what turns up.
Prior history of the build can be found at: https://plus.google.com/108160569228914160735/posts/jL9DMJ7gxHJ
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Debris from the Oso Landslide under old railway bridge (now walking path) under the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River
Oso, WA, USA
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B (532/16)
Fujifilm Pro 400H
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Introduction
Current equipment includes: Nikon D70, Nikon D300, Nikon FE, Nikon F4, Nikon FA, Mamiya RB67 Pro S, Minolta hi-matic 7sii, Argus C-3, Afga Record III, Voigtlander Bessa F/6.3, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B (532/16), Nikkor AF 17-70 F3.5-4.5, Nikkor AF 70-200 F2.8, NIkon AF 35-70 F2.8, Nikon AF 85mm F1.8, Nikon TC-14B Teleconverter, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Marco, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G, Nikkor ED 500mm 1:4P (with Wimberley Sidekick gimbal-type head), Nikkor 300mm f/4 IF-ED, Mamiya Sekor 90mm f3.8 , Mamiya KL 250mm f/4.5, Mamiya C 37mm f4.5, 45mm NIKKOR GN (pancake), Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-s, UV pinhole rig, Photoshop Elements 6, MacBook Pro, Manfrotto tripod/Giotto's Ball Head, Manfrotto 680B monopod, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Kata E-702 Rain Cover (I do live in Seattle after all), 1.4X to 8X Macro/photomicrography setup jig, and various camera bags.
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Originally from Detroit, but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years BS Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1983 You name a type of chemical processing plant, I've designed one. Quote: “Engineering was an interesting way to make a living till the MBA’s SUCKED all the fun out of it.”
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