Converting a Bellows Camera Into A Projector

Here is a super sweet project by DIYP reader Karl E. Wenzel (AKA Terapixel² on Flickr), who is usually an avid macro photographer.

Project consists of a small picture frame and a 5W LED inserted in an old bellows camera – a Zeiss Ikon with Dominar Anastigmat 105mm/F4.5 lens – to create a small hand held projector.

The USB-Bellows-Camera-Projector

I think it is a pretty cool project both for the ability to swap pictures and because you get instant focus with a focusable lens.

Karl said that the picture frame is a cheap no-name picture frame with no information printed on and a terrible resolution of 128*128 pixels, one of those things you get in deal extream. Here is how it looks likes coming from the store, and what it looks like after being “adopted” for the projector.

bellows projector

bellows projector

I wonder what a small retina display and a strobe can do in there….

[The USB-Bellows-Camera-Projector | Karl E. Wenzel]

  • dsadsads

    great.. .. not.
    i rather buy a used projector for 5$ on ebay.. better quality and cheaper
    there are DIY stuff that make sense and DIY stuff that does not make sense. more often then ever you post DIY stuff that makes no sense.

    • Ikke

      It’s not the money or quality that counts, but the fun of making it yourself! If you don’t like it, simply move on and don’t bother us with it. It saves you time. :-D

    • vinterchaos

      $5 projectors on ebay…. where at? but I’m with Ikke I think this is neat

  • Rick

    While I’m okay with the concept the fact that it had to be left gaping because it didn’t really work makes it a fail. Seamlessness is the key in something like this. When you can get it closed with nothing more than an unobtrusive wire coming from it then you may have something worth showing.

  • Jacabo

    While I’m okay with the concept the fact that it had to be left gaping
    because it didn’t really work makes it a fail.This project will be very nice .Thanks..
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