If you’ve always wanted to own a Leica M-mount camera, but always been put off by the price, you can always do that clever fellow came and DIY by 3D printing parts and using a Rasberry Pi, well that’s exactly what this clever class did Peica has created a 3D-printed Polaroid-looking 3D-printed camera, designed by Rasberry Pi, with a Leica M-mount mount.
To see the complete construction, and the overall process behind this rather clever design, take a look at tea time and technology (Opens in a new tab)YouTube video below which explains it all:
In the video, Tea and Tech Time explains that the initial design for the Peica is based on a Polaroid wedge, however, it’s not as small or compact as the Polaroid or Leica M rangefinder for that matter, but we have to give kudos to making something that combines the two most popular brands camera in the world Best Leica Cameras (Opens in a new tab) And the Best Polaroid Pictures.
Up front, you’ll see that this homemade camera has a Leica M-mount in the bottom corner, a bluntly 3D printed circular icon and a red shutter button, a switch from a mechanical keyboard, so you can customize how far you tap or touch the shutter button Your – much like many Leica users choose the soft shutter button on their cameras.
This camera strictly does not contain your standard SD card or require an expensive CFexpress card, all that is required is a modest USB drive, which has a convenient storage compartment located at the bottom of the Peica, along with a standard tripod.
Now on many Leica cameras, you’re used to not seeing any extra ports at all or something like that on the new Leica M11 rangefinder that carries a USB Type-C port in the battery compartment. Although the Raspberry Pi-based Peica features several ports, including a USB charging port that can recharge the Peica, along with video ports, a power button, and a soft power button for a quick reset.
What I think is perhaps the coolest thing about this homemade camera system is that it features Live View – a feature recently added to Leica cameras from the M10 onwards. Although the user interface may look a little lackluster, Peica can capture still images as well as video – which M system cameras can’t! The camera automatically starts in auto exposure mode but has the ability to manually change each setting, such as ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation.
This may all sound great, but there is a problem… Peica uses a small sensor that looks like it will be used in smartphones, while the actual size of the sensor is not mentioned, Tea and Tech Time commented that the sensor has a crop factor of 5x, and that the standard lens measures 50mm on the Peica will be converted to a 275mm lens – he comments that this wouldn’t be useful for any normal use, such as street photography, so a 0.5x focal-reduced lens, which is normally used in astrophotography (Opens in a new tab) It was added between the sensor and the M-mount to give a more realistic focal length to the Peica-attached lenses.
This is a great project, you can even print it yourself because Tea and Tech Time has added all the 3D printed files and software to create your own Peica camera on github (Opens in a new tab) – Who knows, maybe in the coming years we will all print our cameras from home?
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