Homebrew 'sports case' for compact ps digital.

edited May 8 in Bits and Pieces
After dropping my first camera in a pool of seawater I thought 'well this might happen again and I can't afford to keep buying cameras indefinitely' - so had a little think and came up with the little beauty in these snaps.

I used a cheap lunchbox which has a seal, and a couple of 52mm filters. Because the means to actually build it are somewhat out of my range, I asked a mate who has a workshop and many years of experience.

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A ¥100 lunchbox and my elderly Ricoh.

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Mark the centre of the lens

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Two 52mm filters. Remove the glass from one and set the metal threaded ring into the circular hole in the case.

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Cut a hole in the case to drop the metal ring into.

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Hot glue the filter mount into place

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Hot glue the internal locating pads

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Fits nicely

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Thin stuff over the lcd, prevents camera controls being accidentally pushed while inside the box

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Workshop porn

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It might look chaotic but everything in there has its own purpose. Also has a pretty nice tablesaw, lathe, bandsaw, shop extractor. He has a metal shop upstairs - all of this is crammed into a basement.

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Aluminum plate drilled, tapped, ready to be screwed onto case and hot glued to guard against water ingress. You can see that a multicoated protector filter is fitted to the mount; I could also mount a polariser in place of the protector. I have started using a 52mm metal lens hood to save on continually trashing filters!

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Et voila! Think the camera alone with a battery is around 190gr. So not too shabby.

The only thing I haven't done is a way of connecting a safety cord, just thinking about that now. Just using gaffer tape to secure those end catches while the camera is operating.

Hope this is useful to someone!

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