DIY & Pinhole Cameras

Reviews of pinhole, 3D printed and DIY build cameras – if you’re interested in pinhole, 3D printed and homemade cameras, this is where to find them. Pinhole cameras and even more so DIY cameras seem to be becoming increasingly popular. What links all these types of cameras together is that they allow people to experiment in ways more conventional cameras might not.

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Cyclopin: My Stereoscopic Pinhole Camera Made from a Cardboard Box

If X is good and Y is good, then X and Y combined must be even better. Out of this misguided reasoning have emerged such unholy inventions as the beer-tap hat and ice-cream fries. But sometimes, such combinations really do work – and I guess you don’t know until you try.

I’ve been obsessed with pinhole photography for a while, making my own cameras from cardboard boxes, cake-tins and the like. And last year – thanks in part to this blog – I got into stereoscopy. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at combining the two. Enter: the homemade stereoscopic pinhole camera.

Solargraphy Cans – Going Homemade after Learning with Solarcan – By Antoine Carolus

When I became aware of the existence of the Solarcan™ (the cheap and easy yet effective famous solargraphy pinhole camera), I immediately ordered one and, lucky me, received it just several days before a solstice. My little house is facing the South almost perfectly, and I climbed on a tall and shaky ladder to attach the can to the downspout with duct tape, as high as my fear of breaking myself a leg could afford.

A Calculator for Pinhole Camera Design – by Sroyon

Two main factors determine how a pinhole camera “sees” – that is, whether its angle of view is wide, normal or tele. The first is the sensor size (throughout this post I’ll use ‘sensor’ as a general term for any photosensitive surface, including film, paper or digital sensor). The second is the focal distance (the …

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Developing A Modular Pinhole Camera – By Nils Aksnes

I started making pinhole cameras for the same reason I imagine many people do – because I could! They are deceptively simple objects – after all it’s just a box with a hole in it, right! Regardless, they are capable of producing beautifully complex images.

In my early experiments I used what I could find around me – matchboxes, bits of ducting and even felted sheep’s wool. Alongside this, and armed with my trusty Ondu 135, I was learning how to produce the kind of images I wanted using pinhole cameras. I began to understand that I wanted more flexibility to shape my camera to my ideas.

After a brief diversion into creating an underwater pinhole camera (that’s another story) I set to work designing a camera which could change and adapt to new ideas.


Ligero69 – Chasing My Perfect Camera – By Mario M.

The perfect camera, much like a camera bag, is elusive. We develop our tastes and re-shape our expectations while on this wallet-burning quest to find the one. But what do we really want?

Everyone is looking for something different. Me? Whatever it was, I wanted it to be as close as possible to the Mamiya Universal Press, except at a fraction of the size and weight.

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