What do you get when you marry this:
You get the Bender-Canon Digital View Camera.
After coming across someone else who had used a simple T-mount adapter to join their Canon to an 8×10 view camera with some highly interesting results, it seemed like it was high time I got to work on the 4×5 kit I had purchased so many years ago. That poor kit has survived 2 moves, an attack by mice, and being used for a Bible lesson twice in which I dumped the entire kit onto the floor for the kids to try to figure out – sans directions (the point being they wouldn’t have any more luck putting that kit together without the instructions than we do trying to put our lives together without the maker’s instructions-i.e., the Bible). Anyway, all of that without a single piece lost or broken . . . .
EXCEPT for 2 of the 3 monorail riders which I had broken when I first started to build the kit in 1995. Jim at Midwest Photo Exchange was a great help, both with selecting a lens for the new system, as well as spending some time looking at the original design and sending photos to someone he thought might be able to come up with a replacement. The next time I went to Columbus, though, I ended up going to Woodcraft and picking up some T-Trac and oval 1/4 x 20 nuts which worked perfectly – if the tripod gets knocked over or some other disaster happens, the camera will break into little tiny pieces long before there is enough force to make the front and rear standards or the tripod mount come off the T-Trac, and the whole setup is rock solid once everything is tightened down. Other modifications included getting rid of all of the original L-screws except the ones holding the back in place, using different material for the bag bellows than the kind of rubbery black stuff that came with the kit (Thanks, mom, for the great sewing job!!), adding rulers to various points on the front and rear standards so I have some idea of how much I’m moving one standard in relation to the other, and adding a slotted lensboard holder like I saw at Midwest Photo instead of the original L-screws.
I quickly realized that the tripod that came with my Canon kit was going to be totally inadequate for managing 7-1/2 pounds of camera. I had seen some Induro tripods at Midwest in the $100 range (which may still be an option some months down the road), but after reading some on tripods and heads, I realized that to really do it justice, it was going to cost quite a bit more to get a stable platform for the new camera combo.
THEN, I remembered that there was a telescope mouldering in my basement with a tripod that looked an awful lot like some of the wooden-legged tripods I had been seeing. Quick check – sure enough it’s still down there and just needs a little rinse off and a way to mount the camera to the tripod. Once again, everything is rock solid when tightened down. I don’t know how long the old telescope tripod will hold up, but as long as it does, I’ve got some really smooth pan and tilt action in my tripod head, along with a good solid platform for the camera.
Here are some samples with the new setup:
(Please forgive the less than inspiring subject of the first photo. The camera was barely starting to take shape, the bellows was just pressed into place without being secured in any way, and I was basically holding the Canon in mid air in the approximate location it would be held by the camera board and T-mount adapter which I had yet to design and build with the camera and my head under a dark cloth to keep out too much extraneous light. It’s a wonder I got the focus as close as it is, but I could have found something more aesthetic than the pile of trash I had been collecting. )by beakennedy
This is really cool. What I’m finding out is that, even if I only take one shot of a scene, as long as I don’t blow out the highlights, the sensor on my camera does a pretty fine job of recording all the information in both the shadows and highlights. The file just has to be processed properly in order to display all of it. An 8-bit monitor just can’t do that without some pretty sophisticated mathematics. Thank goodness for open source software!by beakennedy
For many years, I’ve said that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to a previous age unless I could take along all my accumulated knowledge. So, what’s it like to have your education interrupted for 15 years and then go back to finish the job? Exactly like that. I feel like I’ve gotten to go back in time 15 years and take along all the accumulated knowledge of those years. Everythings the same, but it’s all different. What a trip!
Paul Pritchard Sr. left us with a series of challenging questions early in the trip:
- Are you in? (In Christ, that is)
- How far are you in?
- Are you faithful?
- Do you love the Lord?
- Are you a disciple?
- Are you getting others in?
"There is a certain type of person God is looking for." (Isaiah 61:1-2)
Russell Snoddy had this to say:
"In your life, don't believe you've reached it. There's farther to go. If not, you'd be in heaven. . . . If you think you've arrived, you won't follow Jesus any farther."
"I see God's hand moving all over the globe. The question is — Do you want to be part of it?" (I do. Do you?)
"If we don't pay attention, we're going to miss something God is doing."
"When we remember how valuable our salvation is, when we remember how LOST we were, it will make us RUN to get others saved."
"Our time here (in Cape Verde) is short, but what we're doing is eternal because God is eternal."
"Satan has us convinced to just stay put – You've got good music, good preaching, you need to grow a little bit more first. You go to all the services, you give, you give to missions, you're good. But the job of the church is to go right into the enemy's territory, not hide behind our comforts. . . . The normal Christian life is to push the enemy back – it's what we're doing right here. This is the normal Christian life." ( . . . to which I can only say a hearty amen!)
"You can only live a normal Christian life if you have some things:
- You have to love God and love his Word. Jesus said, If you love me, you'll keep my commands. We desperately need this kind of love. This is the kind of love God saved us with. We can speak about the love of God, but if we have this kind of love, we can show them his love.
- You have to put God first. I'm here because God loves this place, and I love God. Moses said, If your presence is not with us, I'm not going to take one step. That's obedience!
- You have to have love for the lost. That love will cause us to leave the comforts of home and go forward to overcome the obstacles."
"Don't lose the opportunity to make a difference."
"The normal Christian life — Love God — Love people — Be obedient."
Joe Davis again:
"The World is the next person you give a tract to."by beakennedy
"Why did I come back? Here is the place I have a common bond with men of like passion. I don't fit nowhere else."
how did you get into this field and with how much/what kind of training?
First of all, it’s only due to a couple of major administrative foul-ups that I even made it out of my probation period when I got this job. In the first, no one noticed after my first 30-day period that I wasn’t anywhere close to meeting minimum production requirements. The second allowed me to continue receiving an hourly salary until I had been with the company for about 10 months, when it should have ended after 14 days. By the time those two things got straightened out, I was both meeting production and making enough to actually pay the bills when they took me off of hourly pay. So I lucked out big time.
I got into the field entirely by accident(?). I needed a job quick back in 1991, went through Kelly Services and ended up getting assigned to the genetics department at one of the local teaching hospitals. The job turned permanent, and I worked there for about six years before going into the computer field for another five or six years. That particular department gave me exposure to a lot of different terminology from just about every specialty you can name, so even though I never had a formal terminology course, I was able to pass the transcription test when I was hired.
What little I know about how hires are made in this field is that usually someone either needs a year or two of current experience (my experience was not current when I was hired – another administrative goof – no wonder they closed that office!) or else an approved training program. Some companies will state right on their web sites what courses they will accept.
Don’t expect to make big bucks right out of the gate. Even though I had previous experience transcribing hospital dictation, it still took me a good six months before some of the doctors stopped sounding like they were drunk, and it took about a year before I actually was making what I consider a decent salary at it (which is still about 1/3 to 1/2 of what I was making as a computer tech).
Maybe my sis Annette has some additional insight into the question that she would like to add as a comment to this post?by beakennedy