pinhole lenses

12 years 9 months ago #53337 by fluff
Are there pinhole lenses in the digital world?


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12 years 9 months ago #53379 by JV 06
I don't think so.


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12 years 9 months ago #53454 by icepics
I have a couple of pinhole body caps, but I'm not sure if they're still being made. I bought mine made by Finney Field Camera second hand. Found something on DP Review from a few years ago, you could try searching for something more current www.dpreview.com . Apparently digital pinhole is do-able. Or you could try www.mrpinhole.com or www.alternativephotography.com for some resources.

Sharon
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12 years 9 months ago - 12 years 9 months ago #53743 by Henry Peach
I've made several pinhole bodycaps. I take a body cap and drill a 1/2" hole in the center. Then I take a pinhole (in a small piece of metal) I scavenged from one of my old film pinhole cameras, and tape it over the hole.

It's pretty neat. I like to shoot my pinhole DSLR handheld. The meter is useless, so I just take test shots until I get it figured out. The photos are soft, low contrast, and wacky, so I usually go ahead and shoot raw at very high ISOs. Then in processing I can stretch the histogram out and adjust color to something that looks nicer than what I saw on the LCD.

For me one of the problems with pinhole DSLRs is the long focal length. If you are using an APS-C format DSLR the focal length is like 70mm-ish. Even on 35mm DSLRs it's still longer than the wide angle pinhole shooting I enjoyed with my DIY film pinhole cameras. fortunately folks have been working on this problem, and now you can buy pinhole body caps that are recessed to give you a shorter focal length (wide angle).

wanderlustcameras.com/products/pinwide.html

Another interesting technique is to make a pinhole camera obscura that is large enough to hold the camera. A camera obscura is a box or room that works like a simple camera, but just projects the image on to a wall rather than a sensor, paper, or film. The camera is set up inside so it can photograph the projected image. This is how to get pinhole photos from digital cameras that don't have interchangeable lenses.
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12 years 9 months ago #54116 by icepics
Fascinating. Leonardo DaVinci in the digital world. That would work with any camera w/out interchangeable lenses wouldn't it?

'The meter is useless...' I've found that applies to film cameras sometimes too! - plenty of times I just wing it. I just tried pinhole for the first time on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (or week this year) . No viewfinder (I made one), no lens... well, unless you consider a pinhole a lens; a magnet or a twist of the cardboard for a lenscap.
www.pinholeday.org .

Sharon
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12 years 9 months ago #55081 by icepics
Well Henry, you aren't alone in making your own... saw on the WPPD facebook page a couple of people posted about how they made their own. They look pretty much like the pinhole body caps I got. Seem to be people shooting pinhole photos with film and/or digital cameras (and ones made out of Spam cans.)

Sharon
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