DIY Curved film plane biscuit tin pin hole camera Project

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Hamish Gill, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I was going to post all of this in one go, but have enjoyed following Pete's progress on his DIY project (here)
    For my project I have big ideas ... but not so much DIY talent.
    I thought I would start relatively simple with a biscuit tin camera.
    I quite like the idea of experimenting with a curved film plane so this is a good place to start I think ...
    Her is the tin

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    nice a shiny on the inside ... that wont help much!

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    so ... matt black spray paint

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    I needed a way to hold the film in place so I figured making some metal clips
    I cut some squares of metal from some sheet aluminium i ad knocking around
    I dont have any snips so i had to use a jigsaw ... I didn't want to knacker Hannah's kitchen scissors

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    bodged it a bit

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    so some sanding was required

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    a bit more spray paint

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    A drill, some nuts and bolts later
    The space between the clips is 12cm so I can take 6x12cm images on MF
    the film slots tightly behind the clips holding it in place until I reach my location

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    Hole drilled for pinhole shim (Tom is making that bit for me)

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    So yeah, that's where im up to!
     
  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Looking good Hamish and the curved film plane should give interesting results. Should have left the Union Jacks on the outside though!! ;)
     
  3. Kev Pugh

    Kev Pugh Well-Known Member

    Good one Hamish,,,guess I'd better make a start and stop procrastinating over the issue of my shutter mechanism...:p
     
  4. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I thought about it ... But I think a more stealthy look is better ... I'm also not the biggest pink fan in camera styling ...
     
  5. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I have the same worries over shutter mech for my second project...
     
  6. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    I wonder if you could have multiple pinholes in order to get a panoramic image.......
     
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Better get the drill out Paul and find out!! ;)
     
  8. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    way ahead of you Paul
    Ive been reading up a bit about it ...
    some images you find online show promise, some look muddled and crap where the overlap occurs
     
  9. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    I would have thought that you calculate your image size and use that to work out the distance between each hole. Simples! Probably much harder to actually put the holes in exactly the right place though.

    I must admit I have pretty much not started with this. I have modified an old Boots Amica into a pinhole camera but not tried it yet! I guess that it won't count as it was done before the thread was started and it is only semi DIY.
     
  10. Kev Pugh

    Kev Pugh Well-Known Member

    am the same Paul I'm still on plans atm ,the idea is born but.............
     

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