Noah Schwartz [Camera_Conjurer]

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BIOGRAPHY
Since 1978, I've been building and repairing large format camera equipment. I would never call myself a photographer, although I've been taking photos since I was a small boy. My specialty is the design and fabricating of mechanisms, prototypes and accessories for things from the size of cameras to trucks.

Have a look at the photos I've posted, some of which are personal, but most of which are items that I've fabricated for my clients over the years, as well as some of my current works in progress. There are also photos from the Books of Professional Camera Repair, Marty Forscher's portfolio.

For my bio, click on my portrait in my portrait folder.

The photo of me here was taken with a pinhole camera by David Ellis.

GALLERIES

Single Photos

Polaroid/Yashica 120 Camera, Format Expanded to 4x5. with Graflok back

Test Shots for 4x5 Polaroid 110B's

Portraits and Self-Portraits

One of My Tiny Little Handmade Brass Eggs.

Making a Sinarcam Recessed Lensboard

Low profile 4x5 back

Diamondplate Lensboards

Low Profile 4x5 SLR Camera Project

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B. Camera # 1

Low Profile 4x5 Polaroid 180 Camera Project

Making the low profile back.

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B. Camera # 2

Fabricating flanges for an interchangeable lens mount for Polaroid 110B

Extended Lens Board for Linhof with inlaid brass threads for Ilex #4 shutter

Straightening a bent filter ring.

Installing a hot shoe on a Polaroid 110B

Winky looks like the Great Pyramid

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) Polaroid 110B 4x5 Fuji FP10045C Test Shots

Providence R.I. Chabad House Struck by Exploding Jeep !

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 4x5 Polaroid 110B with Interchangeable Lenses

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) Interchangeable Lens Mount Light Trap

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) Low Profile 4x5 Back and Bayonet Lens Mount System

The Differences Between American and European Cable Release Threads

Brake Job ( Machining the rotors. )

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Helicopter Shoot for Rhode Island Tourism Ad

Chabad House Rebuilding

Mercedes Bent, a Tree Jumped Out and Hit My Car

Marty Forscher's Professional Camera Repair

PHOTOS

Polaroid to 4x5 Conversions Since 1980

Marty Forscher and me. The first two on one 35mm Fiber Optic Pro-Back Polaroid shot ever taken.

Buddy Graves at the Lathe. Professional Camera Repair's Wizard, 1982

Winfield Moses at the Lathe, 1982. Professional Camera Repair Service, New York City

Winfield Moses at his desk. Professional Camera Repair Service, New York City, 1982

Me on a Bridge. Photo by Peter B. Kaplan © 1982

Me at Professional Camera Repair, NYC, 1978

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Mini Cooper

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Mike Peavey and Providence.

Test Shot, entre PIZ, lian food to ta, 4x5 Graflok to Polaroid 110A adapter 1979-1980

Test Shot for Polaroid 110B Which I Format Expanded to 4x5. Rhode Island State House.

Polaroid 110A with 4x5 back, Test Shot 1979-1980. 7th Street, New York

Me making a ProBack 1981

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Polaroid 900 viewfinder on a Crown Graphic

One of my Diamondplate #0 Lensboards for SInar

One of my Diamondplate #0 lensboards for Sinar

One of my Diamondplate #0 lensboards for Sinar

Photo of one of my Diamondplate Copal #3 lensboards on a Sinar camera. Tucker Densley © 2003

Shock Proof ?

Look out for that bus !

Max the cat

Max won't use the cat door....

Juniorpussymush...

...and the squirrel got away, too.

Downspout

New York City Subway Strike 1980

Frank McCourt, First Avenue, 1973

Christo Wrapped Arch, Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. 1980ish...

Junior on a car

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Fujifilm Instant Colour Film. Fagus grandifolia.

Transit of Venus / How I photograph the Sun

Transit of Venus 2 / How I photograph the Sun.

Transit of Venus 3 / How I photograph the Sun

Venus transiting the Sun ( with clouds. )

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Max the cat.

"Oh, it's just you."

Camouflage

"I may ignore you, but I am too cute to be ignored."

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Masonic Temple, Providence, Rhode Island

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Rhode Island State House and friends

Super Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Super Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Super Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Yashinon Lens on 4x5 Polaroid 110B, with special f:90 depth of field scale installed.

Yashica 4x5 Polaroid 110B

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Max on the Equinox

Historic Preservation in Providence

Max seems to be fed up with all the snow.

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5.

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Fagus Grandifolia in front of a house.

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Wheelbarrow against the fence

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5 with #4 Close Up Adapter Lens. Quarter for Scale

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5. Shed with assorted items.

Test shot for Polaroid 110B format expanded to 4x5., Max in the Reeds

Self-Portrait, November 14th, 2005

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Paint drying on my hand made Sinarcam recessed lensboards. The customer's sample is cut off on the right.

I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing here, but that's a drill press chuck and a lamp in the foreground.

Me just having checked the fit of the lensboard on the recessed part of the lens mount.

Me checking the settings on the lathe while making a recessed lensboard.

Me removing aluminum turnings from a recessed lensboard in progress.

Winky on Winky

The project? Make two of these recessed lensboards modelled after the prototype supplied by the customer.

September 11th, 2002

LowProfile back camera # 2, first picture... Winkie under the Toyota.

LowProfile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B. Camera # 1, test picture. Winkie in window in Winter.

Hoax KAMEPA ( It's pronounced "Noah Camera" in Russian.) 150 mm Sironar on Polaroid 110B with Low Profile Back

Hoax KAMEPA ( It's pronounced "Noah Camera" in Russian.) 120 mm APO Symmar on Polaroid 110B with Low Profile Back

Hoax KAMEPA ( It's pronounced "Noah Camera" in Russian.) 120 mm APO Symmar on Polaroid 110B with Low Profile Back

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Providence Rhode Island Chabad House. Before.

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Hoax KAMEPA, ( Noah Camera ) 4x5 Polaroid 110B with Hot Shoe, 120mm APO Symmar, Ground Glass and loaded Polaroid 550 Pack Film Holder in case.

Hoax KAMEPA, ( Noah Camera ) 4x5 Polaroid 110B with interchangeable lenses and body cap

Hoax KAMEPA, ( Noah Camera ) 4x5 Polaroid 110B with Low Profile 4X5 back

Hoax KAMEPA, ( Noah Camera ) 4x5 Polaroid 110B with 120mm APO Symmar

Light Trap 2

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) with light trap.

Light Trap 2

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Light Trap 2

The Problem: Light leak at the release latch.

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European Tapered, (Left) VS American Straight (Right) Thread Cable Release

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Corner of Armstrong and Ann, Providence

Sad Mercedeses

Skee-Yip.

Winky the Cat

Brake Job. Machined rotor and old parts to be discarded.

Brake Job. Final Feline Inspection.

Brake Job ( Machining a rotor. Viola ! )

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Brake Job ( Machining a rotor. )

Brake Job ( Machining a rotor. )

Brake Job ( Machining a rotor. )

Are you done yet ? Once around the park please ! Yes, Mum.

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

Hoax KAMEPA ( Noah Camera ) 19 LED Wink Light

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Tiltwedge for Arriflex Cameras

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Benny's Commercial Shoot

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Masonic Temple Rebuilding. Providence, Rhode Island 2007

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Rollei-Poli. Rolleiflex With Polaroid Back

Rollei-Poli. Roleiflex With Polaroid Back

First Removable Polaroid Back for a 35 mm Camera

Modified Repronar. ( I'm not sure what the modifications were ! )

Modified Repronar. ( I'm not sure what the modifications were ! )

Diana Lens Mounted to a Mamiya RB67 Back

Remote Electric Cocking Mechanism For Aerial Camera, with Standard Graflex Solenoid Shutter Release

First Removable Polaroid Back for a 35 mm Camera

First Removable Polaroid Back for a 35 mm Camera

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Rollei-Poli. Rolleiflex With Polaroid Back

Winfield Moses with First Helmet Cam.

Forscher Pro-Back for Nikon F3 With Motor Drive

Buddy Graves, on the left, with Peter Galbraith's ©, in the Center, MegaPan Camera.

Semi-Underwater Camera Housing

Semi-Underwater Camera Housing

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Buddy Graves

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Time Magazines 'Big Bertha' set up to photograph the first Mercury lift-off.

Graflex set Up To Inspect Rail Road Wheel Brakes

Sinar Norma Modified With Front Nodal Tilt

Sinar Norma Modified With Front Nodal Tilt

Typical Modern Photography Forscher Article

Jay Maisel Commemorative Camera. ( He Was Rough on His Equipment! )

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Lens Supports

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The Books of Professional Camera Repair. PCRS 1

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The Books of Professional Camera Repair. PCRS 2

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Polaroid 550 film holder on my low profile back.

Polaroid 550 film holder on my low profile back. Too bad you can't really see it, eh?

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Me, as a child ...

Ground glass panel and my new Low Profile back.

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Ground glass panel in place on my low profile back.

Polaroid 545 film holder on my low profile back.

Removing a film holder from my low profile back. Lift the latch with your left thumb, and tip out the film holder.

Polaroid 110B with Grafmatic & my 4x5 Low Profile back

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Several views of a Grafmatic film holder on my Low Profile back.

Notice the light action of the latch on my new Low Profile back.

Ground glass on my new low profile back. (Along with several other projects..)

Two hundred

Hot shoe with handmade bezel

My Polaroid 110B Hot shoe installation

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Grafmatic film holder on my Low Profile back.

Winter wheelbarrows

One of my handmade diamond plate recessed lensboards for the Sinarcam 2. The finished product on the camera.

Removing a film holder from my low profile back. Lift the latch with your left thumb, and tip out the film holder. by Noah Schwartz

Putting a film holder on my low profile back, step three. It was on in step two... (Note the nifty engraving.)

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Putting a film holder on my low profile back, step two. Close the film holder onto the back as if closing a book.

Putting a film holder on my low profile back, step one. Line up the bottom edge....

Low profile SLR with Polaroid 545 film holder

A 4x5 SLR you can 'palm' in one hand... Note the 545 film holder.

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Lifting camera by the Hot Shoe. Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Once the back is on, it won't come off unless you lift the latch. Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Once the back is on, it won't come off unless you lift the latch. Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Lift latch with your thumb, and tip the film holder out. Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Line bottom edge of film holder with bottom latch of the camera back. Lift the top latch with your thumb, and tip the film holder in. Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back. Moving latch at top, fixed latch at the bottom.

Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder. Ready to Shoot.

Polaroid 110B Format Expanded to 4x5 With my Low Profile Back With Flash Hot Shoe and 545i film holder.

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Providence's Hope High School starring as Capitol City Middle School in the Disney movie "UNDERDOG"

Filming a mechanical/electrical prop I made for a TV commercial... 150 lights flashing in two square inches on six separate circuits.

Polaroid/Yashica 120 Camera, Format Expanded to 4x5 with Graflok back. Test shot. Sam & George

Winkie in window in Winter.

Cinematographer welds a motorcycle trailer while helicopter pilot looks on ... 4x5 Polaroid 110B with flash. Fuji FP-100c45 instant film.

Polaroid 550 pack film holder on my latest Polaroid 110B with the new 4x5 LowProfile back and hot shoe with hand made bezel.

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B, with hot shoe and hand made bezel. Camera # 2,

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B, with hot shoe and hand made bezel. Camera # 2,

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B, with hot shoe and hand made bezel. Camera # 2,

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B, with hot shoe and hand made bezel. Camera # 2,

Low profile 4x5 back on Polaroid 110B, with hot shoe and hand made bezel. Camera # 2,

"Viola !" Lens on camera.

Body mount on Polaroid 110B ...

Close up of body mount and adapter ....

This is it. Instead of unscrewing the front element, remove the whole lens, 'like a Mentch' !

Now, for assembly ....

Konica Lens flange in approximate position on adapter ...

Copal # 0 retaining ring on lens flange adapter ...

Copal # 0 sitting on lens flange adapter ...

Lens flange and knurled lens flange to Copal #0 adapter ...

Cutting off lens mount to Copal #0 adapter from raw stock ...

Now, for the lens mount ....

Milling clearance in spacer for lens latch ...

Flange sitting on machined spacer ...

Making the line for cut off ...

Red dye applied to make it easy to see the line ...

Lens latch that must be cleared for ...

Checking the fit ...

Aluminum stock chucked in the lathe ...

The flanges and the raw stock aluminum tubing ...

The Idea: Mounting a Konica Lens mount on a Polaroid 110B for easily removing the entire lens.

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Straightening a bent filter ring. 'Viola.' Filter screws on smoothly. Check lens for squareness and check focus. CLA shutter.

Straightening a filter ring. Tap the maple punch with the brass hammer until the ring is straightened.

Straightening a filter ring. Shape the maple punch to hit the filter ring where it's bent.

Straightening a filter ring. Cut the tools out of maple to fit the camera. ( See why one drills the hole slightly smaller than the ring you're fixing ? )

Straightening a filter ring. Cut the tools out of maple.

Straightening a filter ring. Cut the tools out of maple. Drill a hole with a Forstner bit slightly smaller than the ring you're fixing.

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Providence City Hall, Giant Menorah in front. 2006

Providence City Hall. 2006

Winky looks like the Great Pyramid

Marty Forscher, 87 Dies, Tended Cameras and Owners. New York Times Obituary 10-11-09