Tuesday, December 12, 2006

DIY Pinhole-Matchbox-Spy Camera

DIY Pinhole-Matchbox-Spy Camera

If you are interested in some old school film photography, with that oh so hip retro vibe that many achieve using pin-hole cameras or toy cameras such as a Holga, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Here's my latest contraption which uses 35mm film to provide square images of 24 x 24mm. Using this size means that you can get up to 50 exposures on a standard roll of 36 exposure film. Now that's what I call economy!
The image edges suffer from distortion that gives a "Diana" quality to the pictures. In fact, the images look very "toy camera" like indeed, except that the pinhole allows some really good close ups due to the DOF of the pinhole.
It's also costs pretty much nothing to build - certainly a lot cheaper than a $100 Diana off ebay!
So far I've only run a single roll of colour film through it, which I then developed in B&W chemicals,so the results are a bit odd but they did prove it worked. I'll be posting additional photos (colour too!) onto my flickr site,
check it out .

The instructions are pretty clear, and points that might be troublesome to a novice are discussed in the comments. Really, why buy a disposable camera and add to the landfill, when you could make one of these (and have some fun in the process) and save just a little from the landfill?

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