Me: 1,2,3,4,5 five fingers from my right hand. 1,2,3…
You: What are you doing?
Me: counting my fingers to check if everything is allright!
You: I see! But why????
Me: I built two pinhole cameras, I am checking I still have my fingers working. 4,5 fingers from the left hand. Ok. They are all here…
It was hard but I did it! I absolutely wanted to buit two 4×5 in pinhole cameras. Why? Because they seem to be more simple to build than a 120 mm or 35 mm camera. Because I like the big size of the film. And because I wanted one with a film holder for me and another one without a film holder for my project.
I had to rebuild two or three times because of miscalculation. But don’t worry, I kept all the measures in a safe place for some other cameras!
The one with the film older is black. I did not want to bother myself with it. In fact I don’t like it because I made it without real conviction…. But the second one!!!! I love it! I took all my time to build it and I think you can see it. I chose to use foamboard inside, it is nicer than paint. I was trying to be careful not to cut myself with the machines, I hate to see blood, i deeply get sick when I see blood.
The black one is F/288 : FL is 75 mm and pinhole size is 0.26 mm ( take your time with it!) … The other one is F/200: FL is 80 mm and pinhole size 0.4mm.
Thanks to Kinder chocolate, I could find my shutter!
I finally painted it in two colors: blue and pink. Why? Because I liked the poetry they used to name the colors on the packaging:
Rose bonne mine ( Pink ” look well” ) and Bleu Réveur ( Blue Dreamer). Those colors are for girls I know….Sorry guys!
I am not done with it yet. I want to add some other decorations on it. I want to use craquelure varnish and paper napkin… Never try to do such things in August in France… Because your local store will be closed for holidays. I bought all the things I need now, I just have to finish the work!!! I also need to think about a system for the tripod mount as I did not want to damage the cameras. I know that if I make improvements I will destroy them…