Hi Folks - Happy New Year to all!
Just getting to the end of this 6x12 conversion - thought I might post some pics of the final. This is my first camera conversion, so went for something simple.
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This started out as a Model95 that was given to me by a good friend. And since I always wanted a wider format, I thought this would be ideal for a 6x12 conversion.
The camera was in pretty good shape as an original, but unusable due to lack of film. I just started getting back into film and kept lusting a wider format than the 6x6.
I stripped down the camera of the original covering and proceeded to lighten it as much as possible. I must say that I am impressed at the build quality of the Polaroids - like a Tank! I cant remember how many rivets I had drilled out of that thing.
The original lense was drilled out and replaced with a 127mm and the whole body recovered with Ostrich Skin. The original bellows were stretched out since the original opening was only 10.5cm. The whole project was a bit of "adjust this-n-that as you go along" since I couldn't find any info on this conversion.
I still have to adjust/shim the lense and then set up infinity focus (which is probably going to entail re-notching the focusing stops and recreating another focusing scale)
I've got some in-progress shots at http://www.pbase.com/qzone/polaroid_6x12&page=1
I'll post resulting pics from this camera when I get a chance.
Let me know what you think of the conversion.