If you’ve ever wanted to get into photography but were always hindered by how expensive cameras can be, then Ethan Moses has you covered. Provided you have your own 3D printer, you only need $40 worth of filament to make his patented panoramic Cameradactyl Brancopan:
The Brancopan isn’t your run-of-the-mill, cheapo analog camera. Nope. Though 3D printed, it uses 35mm film and 50-250mm Mamiya press lenses, putting it on par with some very fine low-to-mid end cameras. And, of course, printing it yourself, means any color option you choose. Have a look at some of the variations:
It has a ratchet film advance to help stop the film at each frame as well as a spring-loaded film door latch. Two cold shoes allow for finders and accessories while a tripod mount and strap lugs allow it to be carried much more easily.
The best part about the camera? According to Ethan, the oversized, plastic nature of the camera makes it extremely durable – I’M CHUNKY – something a lot of cameras these days can’t say about themselves.
As mentioned, you only need a couple of items to make the Cameradactyl Brancopan. Apart from the 3D printer and the filament, you’ll need a hex key (to assemble it), an exacto knife (to cut out/trim the pieces), and some sandpaper (to smooth everything out). What’s awesome about the construction is that, should you ever break one or more pieces, you can simply print out a new part to replace it.
And if you don’t have a 3D printer? Well, the camera is designed to be printed on an FDM printer with a small print-bed, so there are a lot of options. Ethan recommends a few: Creality Ender 3, Prusa i3 MK3, or the Creality CR-10, depending on your needs and how serious about 3D printing you are.
Ethan wants to make the designs for the Brancopan available so he can focus his efforts on making new camera designs instead of crafting his past works for others to enjoy.
He launched a Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal with 783 backers. Backers got access to the STL files as well as three videos detailing the printing, assembly, and use of the Brancopan. The campaign ended January 10th, but the rest of the world will get their hands on the files and videos, May 1, 2020.
But don’t worry. If your interested in 3D printed cameras and 3D printed accessories for cameras, you can check out the Cameradactyl shop where you’ll find an absolute array of camera goodies, including the Cameradactyl Homonculus 69 that has some of the same features as the Brancopan.
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