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    My 3D Printed Pinhole Camera

    Hello all


    After some time away from my film cameras, I returned to pinhole photography with a 35mm camera that I designed, 3D printed, and shoot. This is my 4th pinhole, dubbed the PINHE4D. No, it's not dovetailed oak and polished brass, but it is easy to modify to your needs. For instance, doubling the frame width is a relatively trivial scaling operation in a CAD program. One of the many goals for this project is to create a library of 3D printable parts that people can use to build cameras from scratch: spools, rollers, winding mechanisms, shutters, etc. I also plan to develop a large format camera in the future.


    I got my first roll back today (drugstore developing, couldn't wait for the lab), Kodak Ektar 100, but stay tuned for the B&W:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theschl...7635189094287/


    Of course, you can print and build your own:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:132517


    Thanks for looking
    schlem
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    Why print a 35mm pinhole camera and not just modify a simple plastic point-and-shoot camera into a pinhole camera?

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    Hi Schlem,

    welcome to APUG . Sometimes people do stuff because it is fun to do it - I never done 3D printing, but I guess it is fun .

    cheers,

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    Yes! Sometimes it's the journey, not the destination that's important!

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    I admit I expected to get this answer.
    And you are right.

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    Pretty hard crowd.

    I read the posts about another 3D printed camera, and I was surprised at the vitriol being dished out. APUG guys don't seem to get it. Obviously, there is a fundamental lack of understanding in this forum about 3D printing. It's a hard concept to get your head around sometimes.

    This is NOT expensive - like $3 US in materials
    This is not exotic technology
    It's not any more fragile than a Holga (but don't drop either of them, please)
    It really is as simple as downloading the CAD files and printing your own.

    I guarantee you, this is not the last 3D printed camera you will see. Do you like large format? Anamorphic? shooting paper? They're coming and they're going to be awesome.

    If you have questions, please ask me.

    AND - Did anyone even bother to look at the photographs? This camera shoots better than some of the precious, polished, wooden 4x6 pinholes I have built.
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    Honestly, the pictures could be a bit sharper. I don't much care about the technology, you know, whatever works for you. For example, if I ever were to construct a pinhole, I would use a box and some gaffer tape most likely to keep it simple and disposable in case I hate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlem View Post
    Pretty hard crowd.

    I read the posts about another 3D printed camera, and I was surprised at the vitriol being dished out. APUG guys don't seem to get it. Obviously, there is a fundamental lack of understanding in this forum about 3D printing. It's a hard concept to get your head around sometimes.

    This is NOT expensive - like $3 US in materials
    This is not exotic technology
    It's not any more fragile than a Holga (but don't drop either of them, please)
    It really is as simple as downloading the CAD files and printing your own.
    I don't have such printer. And I do not expect it to be in the same price range as that material you refer to.
    Lately in some large cities in Europe public 3D Printers have been installed. Nowhere next to me.
    Downloading a file from the net and sending it to some on-line printing service to get a ready-made camera does not seem a intriguing way to go for me. Then I rather modify myself a camera as indicated above and even gain more features on the film transport side.
    Or building a camera totally from scrap.


    Do you have a printer of your own?

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    If 3D printing encourages people to enter the world of film photography - that's great, I'm certainly *not* going to knock it.

    Everyone likes to tinker, so I see this type of thing being no different, to somebody building an (yet another) f-stop timer. It's great that you can do these types of things, and Umat's question about the possibility of printing long lost parts for a camera, opens the door for another line of business.

    Costs are obviously the biggest thing that may stop people from embracing this quickly, but given time, if it does indeed become as popular as it is being heralded to, the possibilities are endless.

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    Very fucking cool dude, your camera and the photos are amazing! Never mind this turgid bunch of old farts, keep on creating and sharing.

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