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    Infrared Film in Pinhole?

    Can infrareds film be used in pinhole cameras? I have a 4x5 pinhole that I would like to try in.

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    Should work fine, you will have a really long exposure time though. On the other end of the spectrum UV photography is really good in a pinhole because a pinhole doesn't absorb the UV like glass. http://www.a1.nl/phomepag/markerink/uv_tips.htm

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    carefull with headt

    Be carefull as to not leave the camera or film in the mid day heat ,the long exp time may fog the film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castilg
    Be carefull as to not leave the camera or film in the mid day heat ,the long exp time may fog the film.
    The heat will affect the film no differently than any other film. In other words IR film is not sensitive to that part of the IR spectrum.

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    I've thought about doing this myself but was wondering about how to deal with filters: since the pinhole is so small and likely close to the filter itself, will flaws in the filter be magnified?

    I have two pinhole "lenses" for my Mamiya TLR but no filter thread and I have manually held a filter over the pinhole when necessary. I'd like to try using a polyester theater gel instead (taping it to the inside of the pinhole), which brings to mind the quality issue...

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    Pinhole images tend to be fairly soft anyway, so I wouldn't see a polyester or gel filter making much difference - even if scratched. I'd tape it to the inside of the box for convenience, if nothing else, as exposures are likely to be several minutes long.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSchuler

    I have two pinhole "lenses" for my Mamiya TLR
    Can you please tell me more about how you did this? I'm getting an 80mm lens and a laser pinhole but I'm not a very handy person. Perhaps we should start a new thread? I don't know what the protocols are.

    There have been examples of lovely infrared pinholes at

    /f295.tompersinger.com

    Lots of helpful folk there as well.

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    The optimum pinhole size for infrared will be about 1.34 times the diameter that is used for color film.

    I use Cachet Macophot 820c and either a 29A or R72 filter.

    Transmission specs for filters can be seen at http://www.a1.nl/phomepag/markerink/irfilter.htm (the R72 is about like an 89B)

    In the summer sunny 16 - between 3 hours after sunrise and 3 hours before sunset,
    set your hand held meter at ISO 6 (29A) or ISO 3 (R72) to start. You may get better results hitting it harder and developing less than recommended. (My gut feeling is that the recommended development is at least a one stop push).

    I've found the reciprocity of this film to be about 1 Stop at 2 minutes (i.e. expose for 4 minutes if you meter for 2).


    You may see a comparison of different IR films at http://www.pauck.de/marco/photo/infr..._of_films.html

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    Pinhole lenses

    Attached are two images of the front and back of my Mamiya TLR pinhole lenses - I hope that this answers your question.

    Both use a 1/16" thick piece of oak for the plate (just because I had it around.) The pinholes were bought ready-made and are secures with gaffer's tape. The plate on the left has about 10mm of rise. Both use a much larger pinhole for the upper lens - it helps with framing a TINY bit if the sun is very bright and the subject very contrasty.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails front.jpg   back.jpg  

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    Wow!
    This is so much easier than what I've planned. Why does the plate on the left have 10 mm of rise? How does that make the picture different?
    Did you figure out optimal focal lengths, how far to extend the bellows, when you chose the pinhole size?
    How do you visualize what you're recording, a template on the ground glass? There should be a formula here, maybe the pinhole designer site can help me think this through.
    Did you decide on the size of the viewing pinhole by-guess-and-by-gosh? Do you know how big they are?
    The plate fits under the latch, right? I can't bear the thought of putting tape right on my camera!
    Thank you for your patience!

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