Maple and Walnut Pinhole Camera

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Project by Dkol posted 03-13-2009 07:32 PM 4958 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Pinhole Camera with spring back. Focal length 35mm F140 extremely wide angle for 4X5 film. Included is a photo taken with the camera

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 07:34 PM

That’s very cool!

Where do you get the film?

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

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

Very nice. An interesting picture.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 08:28 PM

Very cool indeed…would really like to see some images from this box…...

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 08:42 PM

Wow very cool, I build a pin hole camera in scouts a long time a go out of a shoe box, didn’t get as good as results with it as you did with the pictures. Hope you write some more on your camera, maybe a blog, I think its a great project.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 08:56 PM

I thought pin hole cameras by definition had only a pin hole. Looks like yours has a lens??

-- Joe

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 09:05 PM

This is absolutely so very cool ! I thought of a lot of things to make out of wood that normally isn’t, but not a camera. I have got to make one for my Uncle. He’s a professional photographer and he would flip over it. (hope you don’t mind me using your ideal, I promise I wont use you design.)
Thank You for posting.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 10:17 PM

What a very cool and interesting project!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 11:11 PM

Where do you plug in the memory stick? ;)

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 11:14 PM

That is awesome! Just the other day I was just holding a piece of poster board in line with a hole in my shop wall looking at the inverted image, and was wondering how those cameras were made. (I’ve heard of them, but not seen a picture) Not only are you an excellent craftsman…you have ESP!

-- Jon

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 08:25 PM

your cameras are awesome, i would love to make one.

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#11 posted 06-04-2009 08:53 PM

Sweeet! I like the simplicity and the prize that awaits.
It might be really great or just a Cracker Jacks prize,but fun all the same.
Your design and workmanship are superb!
Thanks for sharing these.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 06-04-2009 10:57 PM

I always thought also what you said Joe about this perhaps not being strictly by definition a pinhole camera,however I should like to learn exactly what it is. It looks like a small lens camera..Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 06-04-2009 11:47 PM

Really, there is not a lens. Just a tiny hole drilled in brass shim attached to the back of washer painted black.


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#14 posted 06-05-2009 12:01 AM

very cool an unique good build

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 06-05-2009 12:51 AM

What threw me off was the specification for the focal length and F stop. Wasn’t aware that a pin hole could be spec’ed out like that. Also your treatment around the pin hole kind of looked like a lens from afar.

Good job. A real small hole, in a real thin substrate has virtually no distortion or other problems that “real” lenses suffer from.

-- Joe

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