Making a Pinhole Lens for SLR Cameras

Pretty cool little guide from

Ever since I started learning about photography, I have been fascinated with the art of pinhole photography. I always thought that the possibility of creating an image using the tiniest hole is amazing. If you are unfamiliar with pin-hole photography, see my related links section; I have added some links about pinhole photography for your wandering minds.

Despite my fascination, I have never involved myself with pinhole photography. I read about how to make a pinhole camera out of a 35mm film container. Although the process of making the camera is easy, loading and processing the film is extremely cumbersome. In fact, to use it, one frame of film has to be loaded in the dark, exposure has to be calculated, picture has to be exposed by uncovering the pinhole, pinhole has to be covered, and film has to be unloaded in the dark. All that work for a single exposed frame. But that is not the end, because the frame will have to be processed a personal darkroom, since it is extremely hard to find a place to process 35mm films one frame at a time.

I have always thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if I can have a pin-hole camera that has built-in exposure meter, uses 35mm film roll, and comes with auto film winder?” Then I can concentrate on creating pinhole art, instead of concentrating on the processing of creating pinhole art. After a few years (yes I am a tad slow) I thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if I can have a pin-hole lens on my EOS camera that has auto-exposure, uses standard 35mm film, and has automatic film winder.” Wow!

via Making a Pinhole Lens for SLR Cameras.

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The Cameratruck Project

This is super cool – it’s essentially a pinhole camera, but on a gigantic scale…


The cameratruck works in exactly the same way as the first cameras ever made. These are called pinhole cameras.
They work according to these basic principles:
Light enters a sealed chamber through a tiny opening, and falls onto the opposite wall inside. Here it produces an inverted image of the world outside.
The first pinhole photograph was taken by Scottish scientist Sir David Brewster but the pinhole effect was observed by the Chinese philospher Mo Ti in 5 BC and also Aristotle in 4 BC.
The cameratruck uses this same principle only amplified thousands of times and with a lens added for sharper detail in the final shots. The cargo box of the truck becomes our sealed chamber, and the aperture is a small hole in one side.
As the light enters the truck, it falls onto giant sheets of photographic paper pinned to the opposite wall. This is how we are able to create our giant negatives, almost three metres wide.