Wooden Pinhole Camera Plans?

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  1. Lucasgf

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    Hi all,

    Would anyone have any plans or instructions on how to make a wooden pinhole camera? I don't mind what format, but preferably something I can find quite easily. I'll keep you all updated on how it's going if I manage to make it this week!

    Thanks,

    Lucas
     
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    Well, what I have is more of a concept than a do-it-yourself document, but there's a PDF file on my website and pictures of possibly more than you wanted to know in my PBase galleries. The camera uses a standard 4x5 filmholder. All of my lens-less efforts except for some stuff that just happened this week are accessible at the next level up.

    A year or so back I expanded the concept to an 8x10 version, but filmholders are a bit brutal price-wise.

    (I must have done a good job documenting the 8x10 -- a few months back a guy left a comment wanting to know "... where can i buy this kit camera.")

    Hope that helps a little.
     
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    Jon Grepstad has a site with pinhole photography, including links to information on several homemade view and pinhole cameras: http://home.online.no/~gjon/
     
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    Look on Youtube. Search for 'build 4X5 pinhole camera' and there are a few that show up. Most presume moderately well equipped wood shop tools.

    There is one titled "how to make a wooden pinhole camera", about 10 min. long that shows a fairly basic design that, if accurately made, can work well.
     
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    This nails it! I admit, as someone who has "made stuff" since early childhood, I can easily get a bit carried away with building stuff, but I sometimes suspect we over think these projects. As of a year or so back, the WPPD site allows pictures of the cameras used, as well as the results. You will see that there are near-infinite ways to get there, and most produce some sort of result.

    It's also a question of what you want -- I posted this link once before: Saltine Thirteen. Yes I admit it used a bit zapper, but the technology is somewhat irrelevant. :whistling:
     
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    I started with a known pinhole size and a filmholder and worked from there. It was relatively easy math and didn't require any real difficult carpentry skills. I did have access to a table saw and a drill press which made it easier. My joints were reinforced and once I had it together, I used some DIY "Light Be Gone" to coat all the joints before paining the inside flat black. The DIY "Light Be Gone" was PVA glue and India ink.
     
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    If you buy a Zen pinhole camera (available from my web site) you will have the basis of an idea for a perfect wooden pinhole camera design.
     
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    Please note that in October 2015 my website is moving to: jongrepstad.com

    Jon Grepstad