Newly Made Camera (1980s)
|This is a pinhole camera made of
cardboard that takes real pictures. The camera holds a
single sheet of 4-by-5-inch film, so it can take only one
picture at a time. It must be loaded and unloaded in total
darkness. The lens cap serves as the shutter.
A pinhole camera is a dark box with a tiny hole at one end and film on the other end. There is no lens to focus the light. Instead, the pinhole projects a dim upside-down image on the film.
I built this camera back in the 1980s. It's a scale model of my favorite camera at that time, the Pentax MX 35mm SLR (single-lens reflex) camera. In 2005, burglars broke into my home. Looking for valuables, they ripped open my cardboard camera. Fortunately, the damage was not too hard to repair, and the camera is again in working order. The near-loss of my camera prompted me to write this description and post it on the Web.
Questions or comments about the Pentax MX pinhole camera? Go to the Dog Daze Guest Book
More cardboard construction: Detachable cargo/carry box for bike rack
|In the photo below, the
two smaller cameras in the foreground are small paper models
of the real Pentax MX camera behind them. You can download
and print the paper models as flat sheets and then fold them
to make the camera bodies and lenses. For details, go to the
Alas, these fold-up cameras are not meant to be used as pinhole cameras. However, with a little extra work, you might be able to modify them to work that way. A pinhole camera is just a light-tight box with a pinhole in the front and film in the back. See How to Make and Use a Pinhole Camera by Kodak.
|What you see below is not a real
Hasselblad camera. It's a cardboard model and a working
pinhole camera built by Kelly Angoof, a professional
illustrator and prop designer. Ms. Angood sells pinhole
camera kits at the Pop-Up
Pinhole Camera Company.
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