Remember in the good ol’days where you do pinhole cameras out of shoebox during your youth.
Have you ever thought if proper & nicely done images can be shot with a properly constructed pinhole cameras? Ever thought of creating the artistic & uniquely dreamy images using the basic of all photography? Yes….Welcome to the World of Pinhole Photography.
Allow me to introduce the exquisite series of Pinhole cameras by 8Banners Pinhole cameras (八旗针孔摄像机）.
The 8Banners pinhole cameras website (I created it for your conveneience to view the pictures) can be accessed at Flickr: Jeff @ 8Banner Cams' Photostream
The 8Banners pinhole cameras were innovated and designed by the artful Mr Zhao He Zhen (赵和震）in Shenzhen, China.
Being a pinhole photoenthusiast, Mr Zhao has always work on how to bring a good tool to people who has no technical knowledge about design and building a pinhole camera. Accummulating the experience and spending many years on the innovation on design and worksmanship, he present to the world the pinhole cameras from 8 Banners.
8Banners pride themselves with high quality worksmanship of all our pinhole cameras. The various camera models represent pieces of exquisite artworks and excellent worksmanship that we bring from gallery into reality in your camera body. The design were conceived based on what a photographer really need rather than what we want you to accept from the designer.
I chanced upon this beautifully hand made pinhole camera when I met Mr Zhao at a photo conference in Ping Yao in China in 2006. We had a good chat and went on to become friends for many years talking about pinhole photography. For many years, I have witness the evolution of the design of the pinhole camera made by him. It started with camphor wood and bamboo material that build the body to what you see today using powder coated steel body.
But personally, I still like the old school Camphor wood ones as they emit a sense of nostalgic when you see them.
But what makes the pinhole camera so magical that it attracted many people to this simple camera device. It is basically a black box with light seal, armed with a image capture media (in this case, the film) and a shutter assembly that opens and close in split seconds.
It is that simple! Even my 6 year old kid is taking great pictures.
Why are they different?
• Outstanding workmanship.
• Piece of Art, a collectible
• Interchangeable aperture opening for different focal length capabilities.
• Unique but useful features:
o Viewfinder scope
o Bubble level built in
o Compass built in
o Film advance counter
o Exposure calculation built in
o Easy loading
o Easy aperture trigger mechanism
o Tripod mount included
o Easy to select format for film
o Availability of replaceable parts
The current models are:
1. The 4×5 model
Dimension : 165x140x35mm
Weight : 650g
Material of Body : Waxed Hardwood / metallic finish
Pinhole diameter ： 0.2mm
Focal Length : 30mm
Angle of Coverage : 135 degree
• Takes 4×5 film negative
• Comes in a redwood box that is also a pinhole camera itself that accepts 6×8 sized paper or negative.
• Superb worksmanship combining the beauty of metal and wooden body.
• Intricate and artistic rendition of relief carving on the metallic surface, embodies functionality and art in the same instance.
2.The Mb model (6×12)
Dimension ：190x90x32 mm
Weight : 430gram
Material of Body ：Aluminium Composite
Diameter of Pinhole ：0.2mm
Focal Length ：27mm
Angle of coverage ：136 degree
F – Stop equivalent ：F135
Film format：6×12 / 6×9 / 6×6 / 6×45
• Takes 120mm film negative.
• Capable of recording in multi formats like 6×4.5 inch, 6×6 inch, 6×7 inch, 6×9 inch and the panoramic 6×12 inch on the same body.
3.The Ma Model (6×6 inch, wide Angle format)
Dimension : 135x90x32 mm
Weight : 350 grams
Material of body : Aluminium Composite.
Pinhole size (diameter) : 0.2mm
Focal Length : 18mm
Angle of coverage : 134 degree
F-Stop equivalent : F90
Film format : 6×6 & 645
Film used ：120 format
• Takes 120mm film negative
• Capable of taking 6×6 inch or 6×4.5 images on the negatives on the same body.
• Able to capture an equivalent of 17mm scope of view in 35mm perspective.
• Handy size, easy to carry around.
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In my next post I will be showcasing more of the images have shot on these beautiful camera.