Maple and Walnut Pinhole Camera

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dkol posted 03-13-2009 07:32 PM 6351 views 9 times favorited 19 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

19 comments so far

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 4191 days

#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

View Karson's profile


35149 posts in 4603 days

#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. Appomattox Virginia †

View toyguy's profile


1665 posts in 4040 days

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

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

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

View joey's profile


396 posts in 4107 days

#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

View ajosephg's profile


1880 posts in 3764 days

#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

View Tom Goodman's profile

Tom Goodman

198 posts in 4335 days

#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.

View itsme_timd's profile


690 posts in 4034 days

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

What a very cool and interesting project!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

View whit's profile


246 posts in 4180 days

#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

View JonJ's profile


163 posts in 4043 days

#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

View MrsN's profile


987 posts in 3729 days

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

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

View Andy's profile


1698 posts in 4111 days

#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.

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3788 days

#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

View Dkol's profile


72 posts in 3564 days

#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.


View a1Jim's profile


117337 posts in 3780 days

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

very cool an unique good build

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View ajosephg's profile


1880 posts in 3764 days

#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

showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics