Mottweiler 120 pinhole camera with no image distortion

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by roger_urban|3, Aug 11, 1998.

  1. Fellas,

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    Here's a site that I think is pretty innovative. The Mottweiler
    120 pinhole camera has a curved back, and thus no image distortion. I saw a print from one and it certainly got my attention. If anyone else would like more information, here is the link:

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    http://laplaza.org/~pinhole/

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    P.S. If the price for this camera was about 1/3 to 1/2 the asking price then I might consider it. But, $900 for a pinhole is hard to justify, even for the great shots this one produces.
     
  2. Well, a pinhole camera is definitely something you can make yourself. You can very likely build this yourself for under $50 with used parts and scrap material. A Dremmel tool isn't that difficult to use. Of course, if you have more money than time, then maybe $900 isn't so bad. The curved back for pinhole cameras has been known for quite some time, it's just not been in a "manufactured" camera.

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    Hmmm, you could also make your own shutter ... scrap pine would do for the camera body ... I think I can make it out of a cardboard box, and there's one next to me ... and I have an sharp knife and a hot glue gun, some long bolts and nuts... some round lids, one would do...

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    Okay: cardboard for the camera body, a lid or something round for the film track (cut it in half), bolts and nuts to hold and wind the spools, black tape for the shutter, foil aperture, and whatever else I left out that becomes apparent while you're building it.

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    Cost: Less than $2, less if you scrounge the bolts and such.
     
  3. If you are interested it pinholes, the june\july 1998 issue of Camera arts has a how to artical on building one with pic examples from the finished product.
     
  4. Large 1 pound oat meal containers will do the job for a curved film plane. However fitting a motor drive is quite difficult!
     

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