This video was shot on a DIY 8×10 large format video camera
We’ve seen a few remarkable experiments with large format cameras. But young photographer Zev Hoover added something new to it: motion. He made a working 8×10 large format digital video camera, most likely the first of its kind. He shares a video he shot on this unusual camera but also talks a bit about how he made it.
Zev’s camera is a pretty unusual mash-up. He used an old large format camera mounted onto a cheap video slider. It allows him to smoothly rack focus while he’s shooting. He uses a Ukrainian large format lens, which projects a large image onto a white plane inside the camera. The plane is made of an artist’s palette, a matte, white material. Zev says he experimented with a lot of materials and this one works best.
The shooting camera is a Sony a7s with an Irix 15mm f2.4 Firefly. Zev pops it on the mount, and it captures the screen. Since the camera is off-axis from the primary lens, he applied 12mm of shift, so he can shoot off-axis without getting any perspective issues.
Finally, Zev also adds a monitor and shoulder mounts the camera. He changes focus by moving the bellows on the video slider.
Although this camera doesn’t feature a medium-format sensor, it has the beautiful feel of the vintage 8×10 camera. It’s certainly a unique build, and Zev’s made a fun video with it (hopefully, he’ll make some more). You can read a bit more about this camera on his blog. Also, make sure to follow his work on his website, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook, he makes some great photos, too.
Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.