It’s always been a dream of mine to get my vintage camera lenses back to work, so when the Raspberry Pi Foundation released a camera system that supported C and CS mount lenses, I knew I had to buy one and one make custom digital camera. There was only one thing in the way: my total and complete lack of coding knowledge.
My plan was to put the new Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera into the body of a toy 35mm camera I had so I could use my vintage lenses without paying for the processing of film.
The Raspberry Pi is a super small computer that is very programmable. People have used this to program everything smart mirrors, to portable arcades, to COVID-19 case counters, even super smart, super technical greenhouses. They are small boxes that – if you know how to code – can do just about anything.
For my build, I used the $ 50 HQ Camera Mod, a Raspberry Pi 4 computer, a USB-C portable 10,000 mAh charger, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, jumper wires, a mini push button switch, the body of a Ninoka NK- 700 35mm camera and two vintage C-mount lenses.