Clipper 6×9

6×9?  Isn’t Clipper a 6×18?

2014-12-07-12.20.33Yes. And yes. The new 6×9 mask – 3D printed, of course – pops inside Clipper and gives you the option of shooting 4 6×18 exposures or 8 6×9 exposures, when changing film.  I must give credit for this idea to a current Clipper owner.

Moreover, since Clipper has a curved backplane, the 6×9 shots also have no light falloff end to end.  This means Clipper 6×9 shots will be subtly and uniquely different from a flat backplane 6×9.  I’m not aware of any production 6×9 pinhole cameras with a curved backplane.

Here’s a sample photo from Bastrop, where the Clipper is sitting on the coupler of a derelict crane railcar, looking toward the end of the track. Compare this to the full 6×18 image from the Great Sand Dunes.

So how should 6×9 photos be credited to the camera? Clipper is how the camera is known, and will always be 6×18. The mask just allows you to take 8 exposures instead of 4, and the field of view is 68 degrees instead of 136.

Rather than winding 2-6-10-14 as with 6×18, wind to 1-3-5-7-9-11-13-15.

Check for 6×9 masks.

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Coupler & Tracks, Bastrop TX (Clipper 6×18 masked to 6×9, Ektar 100)

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado (Clipper 6×18, Ektar 100)