TTV: Through The Viewfinder is the technique used to marry a DSLR to a vintage camera to digitally capture the image appearing on the vintage cameras viewfinder. The type of vintage camera needed is a 1950s with a larger viewfinder to see the image on. The most popular brands and models from this era are: Ansco Rediflex, Kodak Box Brownie, Kodak Duaflex. These cameras are readily available through second hand retailers, vintage stores and online through eBay or Gumtree.
When my Ansco Rediflex viewfinder arrived in the mail,I opened it and immediately I started on my dark box contraption which is used to marry the viewfinder to my DSLR (thus cutting out the excess light between the two cameras and the final image).
There’s many different designs I have seen and heard about for this contraption, but I simply used the box the camera arrived in. Measured and cut it to size, Joined with thick duct tape, reinforced on both inside and outside. I used my DSLR lens cap to size the hole at the top of the box (for dslr to sit in), and then measured the rectangle needed for the viewfinder lens to show through. I added a flap at the bottom that I would be able to open and close, to give a bit of extra support to the base of the contraption, and allow me to walk around with it.
Then I covered the entire outside with black contact paper. Mainly to look a less like an old box held together with duct tape, but also to cut out light coming through the corners 🙂
And this is what it all looked like in the end:
This was my first creation, completed last night. Lots of confusion with movement and alignment, a sore neck and arm, and a lot of swearing later, I finally worked out what I was doing haha..
Give it a go. The results are so satisfying when it all comes together! 🙂
Check out all my TTV images here: https://andrewparmi.wordpress.com/image-galleries/ttv-through-the-viewfinder/