Pinhole Tintypes

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  1. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Member

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    I'm thinking about trying a few new things. I want to give the Rockland Tintype Parlor kit a shot, but I don't currently have a 4x5 camera to use with it. Could I get acceptable results using the kit with a 4x5 pinhole camera (found plans for one online)?

    Chris
     
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    theyd likely be LLOOONNNNNGGGGG exposure times...
    but cant see why it wouldnt work.
    Imagine pinhole shooting would fit the medium of tintypes quite well.
     
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    there are a number of people using modified brownies or holgas to make tintypes, maybe try that? i think pinhole would be very long... you might also try making a basic box camera and lens using Alan Greene's manual 'Primitive Photography'
     
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    Actually, I have an old folding brownie from the 20s and a newer bakelite box brownie. I could try those.

    Chris
     
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    The first wet plates I made were done in an old Brownie box camera. Tape over the back of the film holder so the metal doesn't react with the chemicals--so old chemistry doesn't foul the new. They work great for learning and how else are you going to get a $10 tintype camera. Just make sure you have a Brownie that allows the shutter to be set to the open position.
     
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    John Coffer's cd's has an indepth demo on how to convert a brownie to wet-plate.
     
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    I make wet plate photos with a pinhole camera and it works just fine.

    Have fun!
     
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    i bought a pinhole toy camera and it's DIY. it says half a second in well lighted or a sunny day? i'm still having second thoughts tho. :smile: