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    Eightbanners Chinese Pinhole Cameras?

    Other than eBay, does anyone have any ideas about how to get in touch with either the manufacturer or a distributor of this line of cameras? They are similar to the Zero Image cameras, of which I have both a 2000 and the 4X5. I've Googled and Dog Piled it and can't come up with an answer. Any ideas? Bill Barber

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    Wow, those are some nice looking cameras. I ended up looking at all of their listings and sample photos and now I have to get one (acute GAS, it would appear).

    Here is an email address from the eBay auctions: fotogadget.ebay@gmail.com. They also have a web site at fotogadget.com, but there isn't much there at this point. I did run across this page with a listing of current models and a couple of pictures of them:http://www.fotogadget.com/pinhole/faq_products.html.

    If you get one, post your impressions, I am really curious.

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    Those are nice looking cameras! You might try asking in the pinhole forums at http://www.f295.org , maybe someone can help you find them.

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    http://www.f295.org/Pinholeforum/for...?m-1150135163/

    The 120BB66 Sky looks kind of nice, I might have to look into that a little more.

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    Somewhere, they have a web site with example photos from different models; I've seen it and the images are very good indeed. Search on f295 for "chinese pinhole" and you'll likely find it. The actual pinholes they supply in the cameras seem a little small (0.2 mm), but it's hard to argue with the results.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Over all they have a very finished outside look, much better than my woodworking skills allow. I did send and email to the guy asking about unassembled kits, and also about a 35mm version.

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    Just checked my email and here ia what it said:

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your enquiry. I need to ask my supplier if he can supply me the "kits". For the 35mm one, I know that he has made a prototype some time ago, but never put into production. Recently I heard from him that he is considering picking it up again, but I guess this would be the plan of next year. This year 4 more models are coming, a metal 66 & a metal 612 in July, then a 8x10 and a ploaroid ones. I wonder if he has time / energy to pick up the 35mm again this year.

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    Oliver
    I replied that I would be interested in the kit and that the 35mm might be nice for the next World Wide Pinhole Day, since that film is easier for a lot of people to get developed.

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    Man, the metalwork on that 4x5 is really something. There is a lot to be said for hand craftsmanship in a camera like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sorensen
    If you get one, post your impressions, I am really curious.


    Paul, to say the least I am both curious and interested. I've expressed my interest to Oliver and I am assuming he is the distributor. If I didn't already have the Zero Image 2000, I'd be real tempted to buy one of his bamboo pinhole cameras.

    If I am successful in obtaining one, I may just stop by the Denver Darkroom and let you take a look at it or perhaps even run a roll of film through it. Although I'm in the Houston area, I have a daughter in Golden and visit her family often. Given that she is having a baby in December, I imagine I'll be up there a bit more than usual over the next year or so. Bill Barber

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsurit
    Paul, to say the least I am both curious and interested. I've expressed my interest to Oliver and I am assuming he is the distributor. If I didn't already have the Zero Image 2000, I'd be real tempted to buy one of his bamboo pinhole cameras.

    If I am successful in obtaining one, I may just stop by the Denver Darkroom and let you take a look at it or perhaps even run a roll of film through it. Although I'm in the Houston area, I have a daughter in Golden and visit her family often. Given that she is having a baby in December, I imagine I'll be up there a bit more than usual over the next year or so. Bill Barber
    Awesome Bill, let me know when you are in town, whether or not you get the camera.

    Paul.

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