the next Mike Walker Pinhole?
Hi all - sorry, its been a long long time since i posted here ... But i have some news that might be of interest ...
I was chatting with Mike Walker the other day, and the topic of the next possible member of the Harman TiTAN pinhole camera family was raised (by me). Mike said he'd been thinking about a 120 panoramic version - 6x12 or similar. He reckoned he could produce the camera with its own integral and removable roll film holder, and darkslide so a range of focal length cones can be changed mid-roll. Also, it could have some ability for adapting it to 5x4 too.
Sounds exciting, but I'm not sure about the 6x12 ratio? And, zero image seems to have the market cornered?
What do you reckon? Would you buy one? What features would lift it above what is already available?
Interesting ideas Leon. Not sure about the 6x12, 6x17 would be a lot more desirable as it really is a wide format. 6x12 is just not wide enough to be really different.
Depending on the price as always, i would be interested if wider than 6x12
That said, I enjoyed your videos of the 4x5 and 8x10 introductions and bought the 4x5 after viewing your video.
Welcome back, stranger. I think the 6 x 12 would be nice, but I agree that something even wider may appeal more.
Sounds like he had a zone plate system in mind for changing focal lengths. There is quite considerable illumination fall-off with ZeroImage 6x12 pinhole cameras, and the zone plate versions are just awful; in my opinion pano is asking too much of the simple mechanism that is a pinhole. Exposure too is quite a task over the predictable results that are the norm with the various smaller-format (up to 5x4) ZeroImage cameras. But a pinhole camera with an interchangeable rollfilm back would be a sight to see; I would be interested in what eventuates with that.
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Hi - Mike uses a system of different length cones in which the pinhole sits to adjust focal length.
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I thought the 4x5 pinhole market was already covered before the harman pinhole came out but Those things seem to be all the rage. Marketing....
Won't a 6x12 back fit on the harman 4x5?
No need to adapt anything and the camera already exists.
I know what I want but I just don't know how to go about gettin' it.-Hendrix
A 6x12 or 6x17 (better!) camera with *curved film plane* AND darkslide would be great...
P.S. In case of 6x17, as starters, it would be nice to have a cone w/ a focal length of ~105mm (and maybe a ~85mm cone later...)
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all good points everyone. I think 6 x 17 would definitely make it more interesting to me.
@Wildbill - I'm not sure if it would fit in its *vanilla* state, but I am sure it would be possible with a quick hack. good point!
If he made a 6x17 I would be VERY interested in buying one.
There is already a good 6x17 pinhole out there. Not saying another wouldnt be welcomed.