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Project by Dkol posted 03-13-2009 07:03 PM 10817 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pinhole (lensless) 4X5 camera with spring back.





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Karson

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 07:18 PM

Looks very interesting. Now show us a picture of the output of the camera please.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 07:33 PM

Very cool! How do you use it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dkol

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 07:38 PM

Focal length 100mm, micro drilled pinhole in .002” brass shim.

Sorry, I do not have any images taken with this camera, but did have one from the other camera I just posted.

GaryK, You put the film holder in the back, pull the light slide, uncover the pinhole for several second to minutes depending on the light.

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 07:43 PM

Dkol – I knew that, what I should have said was do you have something for the image to be seen on to frame your subject or just point it in the general direction.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dkol

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 07:55 PM

DaveR: F256. Haven’t had any flare problems with the other cameras I have made, I blacken the inside brass with a sharpie.

GaryK: Sorry, about that. It is mostly point and hope on the composition. I do use a level to “square and plumb” the camera up before I shoot. I am a believer in serendipity when shooting pinholes.

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 08:12 PM

Sweet!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-14-2009 08:06 PM

Very nice! I’m an xray tech and sometimes we’ll make these out of supply boxes to ‘play’ with.
Mind if I duplicate your design? ;-)

-- Scot, SW Washington

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#8 posted 03-15-2009 12:21 AM

Great project Dkol. Are you doing your own processing? What type film, paper are you using? When I hear pinhole, I usually think of a cardboard box with a pin hole punched in the front. Not any more. Nice looking camera. I’d say that with f/256, you don’t have to worry too much about focus.

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Dkol

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#9 posted 03-16-2009 06:01 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

I have about 35 years of photography experience and it was the desire to make a pinhole camera that started me off on my woodworking adventure. I have made six so far and with the exception of the first prototype they have all been sold or given away to friends, I kept the crappy one for myself.

Scot T: duplicate away
juniorjock: I have a fully equipped darkroom and am able to process and print film up to 8X10. I do not have any one film I use, whatever seems best for the situation. In the last couple of years I have been working with Alt processes such as VanDyke, Cyanotype and Gum.

A great resource for all things pinhole and alt process is F295.org?

I am willing to answer questions or help as much as possible, I might even have a few drilled holes I could part with.

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#10 posted 12-18-2009 01:54 AM

Would you have any interest in selling this camera? Thanks for your consideration.

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Dkol

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#11 posted 12-18-2009 02:53 AM

granite_rose

Sorry the camera was a commission and is long gone. The only camera I have available is the walnut and maple extreme wide angle. I would be more than happy to build one for you if you don’t mind waiting.

Dan

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 06:16 PM

This is beautiful. What advice would you have for a student who is interested in building something similar? I’ve looked at a bunch of sites on the web talking about how to build one, but nothing in the way of schematics or visual tutorials. As someone without much woodworking experience, where do I begin? This is by far the most drool-worthy pinhole 4×5 I’ve seen on the web!

-- Chris, Los Angeles, http://www.chrisgilbertdesign.com

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#13 posted 05-27-2010 06:22 PM

Very cool camera with great looking wood

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 10-20-2010 06:06 PM

Dan,
Where did you find the spring hardware?
Cheers,
Ryan

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Dkol

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#15 posted 10-20-2010 10:13 PM

Ryan,

I made the spring assembly myself. Found the spring steel at the local metal mart, the pin/pivot assembly was made by modifying some nickel plated hinges.

A few years back I did a tutorial for making the springs on another forum, zip me a PM and I will send you the link.

Dan

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