From the PepsiCam

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  1. Anthony J. Martinez

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    very cool little project.

    i'm impressed by how sharp the last picture is too actually.
     
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    Thank you, I saved what I thought was best for last. I was quite pleased with the way it came out. I have five more rolls of expired Velvia 50 in the freezer, and I believe they'll all be going through the PepsiCam.
     
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    What about the star? I'm curious what that cam looks like!
     
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    It's just called the PepsiCam because I finished a can of Pepsi Throwback and then decided "I'm going to make a pinhole camera." I used the Pepsi can for the metal.

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    Buidling the pinhole camera by Anthony J. Martinez, on Flickr
     
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    Wow. It's pure genius. I thought only brass shim stock will work, not Pepsi cans.
     
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    I did take some emery cloth to the inside of the can to get it as thin as I felt comfortable with before drilling the hole with a pin tip.
     
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    Very cool job! The shot with the car really shows off the depth of field available.
     
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    Thank you, my next project will be a 4x5 pinhole camera with about a 75 degree FOV. My enlarger is an old Beseler CB7, and I have 4x5 negative carriers, along with a Jobo tank with 4x5" reels so clearly I must get myself a camera to put that to use. College kid on the GI Bill budget dictates a pinhole fill the role until I fall into the right deal on a field camera.
     
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    I made a 4x5 pinhole camera this spring for WPPD. I already owned some 4x5 filmholders and shim stock, so my bigger expenses were a (lifetime supply of) brass blackening liquid and two T-nuts for horizontal and vertical tripod mounting. (The store was out of zinc plated nuts so I bought stainless!) A basement and garage/workshop full of miscellaneous miscellany supplied scraps of birch plywood and other material. I think it was some careful attention (and unusually good luck) with making the actual pinhole, but I believe this year's effort gave the best results I have ever gotten with a pinhole camera.

    Anyway, it's fun stuff.
     
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    Nice work, Anthony. I too am impressed by the sharpness of the car pic.
     
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    Hah! So that's you! I actually bookmarked your site from a search for DIY 4x5 Pinhole. I do not have any film holders, so that's going to have to be purchased. I was considering making film holders myself, but I'd like to be able to use the same holders with another camera later so I think I'm going to just buy some holders and build the camera around that. For the tripod mount on the PepsiCam I actually took a hacksaw to a 120 film spool (since they're reproducing in the corner at an alarming rate) and cut the end off. I tapped the hole in the bottom of the cut off spool end, and then shoved it through another piece of foam core. More duct tape, and there you have it!
     
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    Is it just me, or is it kinda sad that these homemade pinhole cameras produce far better photos than the overpriced trashcams on eBay?
     
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    Well the good results from my $7 investment certainly don't make me sad :smile:
     
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    I'd be quite happy too. A pinhole has been on my to-do list for a few weeks, and if I can get that sort of results, I'll be tickled. A friend of mine has done a few, and has some images that could easily have come from a "proper" lensed camera.
     
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    Nice stuff.

    Were the exposures guestimates, or did you cheat and use a meter :wink:

    BTW, the doors off 3.5" floppies (remember those) make great pinhole stock.