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    DIY 8X10 Pinhole camera

    Does anyone have any successful experience building an 8X10 pinhole camera? Anyone know of plans for such a beast? If not, does anyone have any experience/suggestions on cutting the slot into which the little ridge at the top of the film holder slips? I'm thinking of some sort of rubber band attachmnet structure like used on the Zero IMage cameras. Any ideas? Bill Barber

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    I can post you a photo of one. Quite simple really

    Here is one for a foamcore. Just alter sizes and materials
    http://pinhole.stanford.edu/foamcore.html

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    Thank you for the plans. I'd originally planned on foamcore, however have changed my mind and will be using 1/2 birch plywood. Some of these dimensions will be helpful. Bill Barber

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    On my 4x5 version, I put a layer of black hobby foam on the surface the film holder rests against. I trimmed a groove in the foam where the locating rib on the film holder hit. The cut-out in the foam was such that the rib was just inside the opening except for the where it extended over the side frames. I've never had an 8x10 holder in my paws, but I imagine something similar could work.

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    Get a copy of Primitive Photography


    By far the best book on the subject. I show it off in my class on film developing, and people are just amazed that such a book exists. It is the first book since the early 1900's that includes the entire process of camera making and emulsion making--- All of the old books started with first principles---
    * Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
    * When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
    * When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *

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    I made both a 4x5 and an 8x10 inch pinhole camera. The design was the same for both, with just a change in size:






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    Quote Originally Posted by jon.oman View Post
    I made both a 4x5 and an 8x10 inch pinhole camera. The design was the same for both, with just a change in size:





    I fat fingered the links to the last two images.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon.oman View Post
    I made both a 4x5 and an 8x10 inch pinhole camera. The design was the same for both, with just a change in size:





    Love it, me wants! Actually, I am building something very similar in 16x20 soon, so take that!
    K.S. Klain

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    I have this book and yes, it is a good one. It doesn't however have plans for a pinhole camera. Plans for others but not pinhole. Bill Barber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    Love it, me wants! Actually, I am building something very similar in 16x20 soon, so take that!

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