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Weird pinhole camera roundup

Posted 20 June, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Pinhole

Chris Keeney's Spamera pinhole camera

The great thing about making cameras is that they’re really dead simple: box + light detector (film or sensor) + hold for light = camera. When there’s no lens involved, there’s heaps of room for creativity. While many people opt for more traditional materials like wood, metal, foamcore, or modify an existing camera, some people go all out.

Here’s a [doubtless incomplete] roundup of some of the stranger things I’ve seen people make pinhole cameras out of, to date. Note that many of these links have construction instructions!

If you’re looking to build your own, f295 Lensless Photography Discussion Forum is a great resource full of freakishly helpful camera hackers.

Know of anything I missed? Tell us!

Comments

Ignacio Martinez Vazquez

You missed the clay camera, it’s on f295.

Bruce

How about anamorphic cameras made from 35mm film canisters?

http://www.f295.org/Pinholeforum/forum/Blah.pl?b-cm/m-1142904974/

Matt Callow

Here’s my friend Ross Orr’s coffee pot cam, and how can I not plug my own pinhole camera made from a book

Joe Reifer

And for those who also like information in analog formats, have a look at the great book:

Adventures With Pinhole and Home-Made Cameras: From Tin Cans to Precision Engineering

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/2880467144/sr=1-1/qid=1150847634/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7509548-5843022?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

squeak

Nitpicky: the camera truck uses a lens to sharpen the images so it disqualifies it as a pinhole camera.

Thanks for the rest there are a few I didn’t know about before.

taco

There is another “big” pinhole camera, but the URL is only in German language:
http://www.bauwagenkamera.de/

Nicolai Grossman

I may have to do a follow-up with everyone’s great links!

squeak, good catch! I got that confused with another camera truck that is a pinhole.

John

Theres my high capacity pinhole camera made out of fomecore, that’s kind of weird…

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Weird Biz

Howdy. I love the idea of making a weird camera like that… That’d be mighty fitting in fact. Dig it, fo’ real!

kotek

it’s funny to explore the form of pinhole cameras. I had read it once but I forget the Website, the camera is made with a house with black painted and use the window as it lens and it also use verry large photo paper. (sorry my english isn’t good)

kotek

it,s funny to explore the form of pinhole cameras. I had read it once but I forget the Website, the camera is made with a house with black painted and use the window as it lens and it also use verry large photo paper. (sorry my english isn’t good)

wynajem camperów

You missed the clay camera, it’s on f295.

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