Richmond student Paul Kohlhausen has created a fully functional 3D printed camera, taking the best features from an array of costly high-end cameras and reverse engineering them into the camera of his dreams.
With no prior knowledge in CAD software, Kohlhaussen taught himself everything from scratch when designing and building the eight components that make up the camera’s modular design.
The cycloptic mustard monster takes panoramic photos much like the discontinued Hasselblad XPan
the project initially started as Paul Kohlhaussen wanted to start shooting larger negatives than the standard medium format allows, which is generally only possible with expensive cameras.
The designer brought together the features of the $5,000+Mamiyaa 7 for medium format photography, the discontinued Hasselblad XPan for the panoramic frame size and the $5,000+ Leica M series, resulting in the creation of his project — the PK-6142016, otherwise known as the cycloptic mustard monster.
The camera is built to shoot 6 x 14 negatives on 120mm film and its modular eight-part design allows it to easily pair with different camera gear.