It was Day 6 of COVID-19 isolation, I was feeling more and more restless. Being one of the lucky ones, I could still work from home, but my mind was distracted by the barrage of sad news. I needed a project, a welcomed point of focus. Luckily for me, Wilco Jensen from Hassyparts posted his latest project on a Facebook group for film camera users. He made a mechanical XPan from a Nikon FE body with a 47mm Schneider lens on a simple helicoid. This project immediately got my gears spinning… didn’t I have a couple of broken FEs sitting in my parts camera bin?
Author name: Freeman Lin
Freeman is an engineer by training that enjoys customizing cameras and lens. He tinkers with his collection of old cameras to bring some back to life and some with new functionalities. He is learning to custom machine lens conversions for the Leica M system. You can contact him on IG: @watchmemake