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    In dire need of help.

    I've been researching and talking to people about how to make a pinhole camera as a requirement for a class I'm currently taking. Yet, I can't seem to find the information I need. Some questions:

    1) I have to use a sheet feeder, should the box fit snugly to it? If not, how should I attach it?

    2) What kind of paper should I use? I use Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster to print, could I use this in the camera?

    3) How do I calculate how large the pinhole should be?

    I really have no idea what I'm doing with this so any additional help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

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    I'm not sure what you mean by a paper feeder, so can't help you there. But the kind of paper you want to use is black and white photo RC (resin coated)paper. I use Ilford MG RC, cause I have lots of that around. Unless it's a class requirement, or you are one of those really detail- oriented types, just use the smallest pin or needle you can find to make the hole. Pinhole cameras should be fun! Enjoy it!
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    Oh, oh!

    I see a problem!

    Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster is a digital printing paper! At http://www.epson.com the search came up with
    Instant-drying, soft gloss paper for vivid, lifelike images. Ideal for printing digital photographs with accurate colors and rich, bold blacks.

    Overview

    * Highest color gamut available for vivid color reproduction
    * RC paper base for actual photo prints
    * Luster E surface finish
    * Enhanced 2880 dpi printing for the highest quality output
    * Dries instantly for easy handling with Epson inks
    * Compatible with Dye, EPSON Archival™, UltraChrome, and UltraChrome K3™ ink
    * 10 mil thickness for a durable photographic feel
    You need Photographic paper.

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    A simple search for "pinhole camera" on Google returns two "how to make" articles in the top three, so information isn't hard to find. While there are companies which manufacture pinhole cameras, the vast majority of them are home-made because they're so simple. However, you have to use real photographic paper or film in them. The inkjet paper you referred to won't work: it's sensitive to paint, not light. Using a pinhole camera is again simple and, since no two home-made cameras are exactly the same, something of an art. They are ideal for experimenting and playing around with, and are quite a lot of fun to use. Also simple and cheap, especially if you use photographic paper rather than film (because paper is simple to process and more tolerant of inexact processes.)

    We have no idea what a "sheet feeder" is, what it looks like or how it works so we won't be of much help there, sorry. A photo would likely be helpful.

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    Two fine online resources are http://home.online.no/~gjon/pinhole.htm and http://www.f295.org/site/. A comprehensive library may have a copy of Eric Renner's excellent and comprehensive Pinhole Photography. If what you call a sheet feeder is what most of us call a film holder, there are examples of several ways to attach it to the camera on the second site.

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