January Pinhole Camera

8 sided Christmas tin

Came across this in the Dollar Store and thought it would make an interesting camera. I am going to put a pinhole in each of the sides and a circular core in the center to hold a 3.5 x 6 inch strip of photo paper.

Holes drilled in each side of the tin.
Hole drilled in the bottom for the tripod mount and to attach the central core.
Central core made from a piece cut from a plastic caulking tube.
A piece of wood cut to fit inside the tube. It has a 5/16 in hole drilled to accept the T nut.

The T nut is driven through the bottom of the can and into the hole in the center core.
The interior showing the central core mounted in place.

Painting the interior of the camera black. I used two coats of flat acrylic paint.
Making the pinholes out of a beer can. I calculated the focal length to be 35mm and a .26mm pinhole was required. The camera will be f135.
Mounted a pinhole in each of the 8 sides of the camera.
The finished camera.
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4

I am glad that I built the 8 sided camera but it is not something I will use regularly. The camera is really fiddly to load and I don’t find the resulting images all that exciting.

Yashica Mat

I had been thinking about starting to take more lens based photographs and came across a Yashica Mat TLR. Based on the serial number it was made in the early part of 1969. It is in good condition for it’s age and everything works as it should. I have always found the square format appealing and look forward to using the camera. Here are some images from the first roll.


I bought the Scura pinhole camera from Dora Goodman. It is a 3d printed camera that you have to assemble yourself. It is a curved film plane panorama camera that I found to have a very strange aspect ratio.

Scura Pinhole Camera

As much as I want to love the camera, unfortunately I find the aspect ratio not to my liking.

Holga 120WPC

Holga 120WPC

The Holga 120WPC is a panoramic pinhole camera that takes 6, 6×12 images on a roll of 120 film. Standard cheap plastic construction typical of Holga cameras. A good idea to tape the camera shut with duct tape. Many of these cameras have a problem with excessive vignetting which can usually be solved by widening the opening around the pinhole. The camera is capable of producing surprisingly good images.

Zero Image 2000

The Zero Image 2000 was the first commercially produced camera that I purchased. Using 120 film and made of teak and brass, it is still my favourite camera. The 25 mm focal length matches my way of seeing and the images it produces are very sharp. It is a little fiddly to load and in certain light conditions, it can be hard to see the frame numbers through the red window, but all in all, a great camera.

Zero Image 2000 example photograph 1
Zero Image 2000 example photograph 2
Zero Image 2000 example photograph 3
Zero Image 2000 example photograph 4
Zero Image 2000 example photograph 5
Zero Image 2000 example photograph 6