Category Archives: Veneered Cameras

Have you ever seen a wood-veneer Canon AE-1

I’m really enjoying converting my film cameras from their boring original leatherette to new wood veneer if you haven’t noticed. This time around it’s my Canon AE-1 that has received¬†a makeover with Mahogany Veneer with a dark stain.

The AE-1 is a great, entry-level film SLR to get started with. It has auto-focus and is simple to use. It looks great

Enjoy,

 

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Canon Canonet 28 – Mahogany Veneer

Surprise, surprise.

I decided to veneer my first rangefinder, my Canon Canonet 28 which I featured yesterday with a roll of film, and I took a different turn with it this time. I went with a dark stain this time instead of a clear coat, that highlights the natural colors, and I think it worked really well. I also took a couple photos of it with the other cameras I have veneer and I think you can tell a striking difference in the quality of my work since my first one compared to the Canonet.

I’ve been thinking about starting to sell these on the side or even possibly start a Kickstarter Campaign to get a headstart. Comment if you’ve had any success with Kickstarter or would be interested in getting one.

The dark stain just looks so luxurious.

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Ricoh 500G – Custom Veneer #2!

I really enjoyed converting the Minolta Rangefinder from a leather to wood veneer cover so I decided to buy another cheap rangefinder and give it another go.

This week’s custom camera is a Ricoh 500G produced in the early 1970’s with a f2.8 Rikenon lens and even has an 8 second self-timer. You can find these fairly easily for under $20’s, not counting shipping if you’re going to buy it from eBay or something like that. Only two photos but when I put a battery in it I’ll be sure to show some photos I’ve taken with it.

It’s a solidly built camera with a metal body and according to a lot of the reviews I have read, it takes really sharp photos so I’m really excited to use it. It’s got a great feel when it’s in my hands.

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