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Kodak Vecta Webcam

This webcam is fitted into a Kodak Vecta camera. The flash is a National Hyper Flash Gun (B2). The webcam is a LogiLink 640x480.

The 6 LEDs of the webcam are fitted into the flash gun in place of a flashbulb. They are switched on by turning the film winder.

The Vecta was made in the UK between 1963 and 1966. The flashgun is approximately the same age. The tripod is modern.

Neither the camera nor the flashgun are rare or valuable so I don't feel guilty re-purposing them.

How it was made

I started with a Logilink 6 LED webcam. A decent reliable webcam with 640x480 at 30fps.

I removed the lens and enlarged the hole until the webcam lens could poke through. I removed all the internal gubbins and replaced it with a sheet of 1.5mm polystyrene. Then I used hot-glue to fix the webcam case in place.

I stripped the inside of the flashgun. There a huge amount of space inside.

I removed the 6 LEDs from the webcam and soldered them onto a circle of perf-board. The 7 leads (one cathode and 6 anodes) are connected via enamelled copper wire. I added 6 individual 100R resistors inside the flashgun case. (Probably, one 18R resistor would work as well.) The perf-board is mounted on a piece of dowel hot-glued into the flash-bulb adapter. The LEDs are splayed-out so they point at the reflector.
The two wires powering the LEDs are soldered to the grey flashgun lead. The lead is poked through a hole drilled in the side of the camera. The innards of the flashgun plug are removed so that the lead can pass right through it.

I filed an eccentric on the wider handle and hot-glued a small pushbutton so it would be drpressed when the winder was turned. It acts as the on/off switch for the LEDs.

The LEDs take their power from the 5V of the USB (the red and black wires).

The Logilink has a microphone. I hot-glued it behind a small hole drilled to the right of the viewfinder.

I drilled a hole in the top of the camera and bolted the flashgun on - the Vecta does not have any provision for a flash.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the camera and bolted on the tripod - the Vecta could not take a tripod either.

Other projects:
Hacking an antique clock
Old Telephones
An Orrery-Clock
A steampunk mouse
A 1960s webcam
A sgian dubh memory stick
A wheeled mouse
An external disk drive
A 1930s webcam
A Vintage Intercom