Sweeping the Horizon in a Box

15

It is said that the Olympus XA2 is usually called the poor man's LCA. So I call my experiment camera here as poor man's Horizon. the angle of view is around 115 degrees, but you can make it wider of course!

Upon doing this experiment, these links served as my inspiration: http://www.flickr.com/groups/matchboxpinhole/ , http://hila.webcentre.ca/projects/pancamera/ and figure 4 from this link.

Making your own pihnhole is quite easy. The instructions are almost similar to this except that you will use film box instead of matchbox and you have to curve the film inside it. Also, you’d want to reverse the film emulsion (redscale it) to make the winding smoother and the camera’s appearance will also look good.

In curving the film, you need to find a plastic bottle seen in picture #1 with a diameter around 45-50 mm then cut it vertically into half with 36.5 mm height (to fit it inside the film box – pic #2), lets call it part A. Cut two more with 5mm height each – pic #3, then attach both on the top and bottom of part A (you can use a transparent tape). It will be strong enough to hold the film. Make sure your film can easily slide through it – pic #4. Now attach part A to the inside of the box, and you are done!

Remember that the pinhole diameter should be 0.25mm with perfect round. as the f stop will be 140, please use exposure guide in pic #5 (sunny 16 rule).

*Note: This camera needs many improvements so please feel free to give suggestions or develop a better one and share it!

written by nerdcist on 2009-10-09 in #gear #tipster #tipster #diy #tips #horizon #camera #film-box #pinhole #luckyshd100

15 Comments

  1. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    thats so woerd i just made an almost exact same version of this camera! (i thought i was being origional - lol! (your shots are way better than mine!)

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    nice work! :)

  3. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    this is way awesome.

  4. yoscolmi
    yoscolmi ·

    wow! i have to try this! the results are awesome!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent ! And the results are impressively good !!!

  6. rater
    rater ·

    Excellent job, this is a great DIY!

  7. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    woooooow .. wooooooww...

  8. nerdcist
    nerdcist ·

    @ LSI and all: thanks.
    I think my explanation is not so clear, so if you have any questions fell free to contact me

  9. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    great great great

  10. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    FANTASTIC!
    a lower cost horizaon camera...and its home made :D
    thanks 4 sharing this!
    luv it!

  11. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great tipster, I must try it!! awesome shots! :)

  12. nerdcist
    nerdcist ·

    this is frequently asked. to avoid overlapping or to much gap between frames, try to listen and count for 19 clicks when winding (the result is a 7mm gap between frames). but it could be different with your camera, it depends on the diameter of plastic bottle you are using. to make sure, try to count how many sprocket holes are there inside the box, just before lightproofing the camera, and use that number for winding. as you can see in pic #4, there are approximately 18 sprocket holes in the curved plane so I add 1 more to make it 19 to be safe. good luck with your pinhole camera :)

  13. floriansimon
    floriansimon ·

    Very, very nice tutorial. I definitely have to try this out.
    Is this Hiroshima on picture #3?

  14. eugenia
    eugenia ·

    very nice! ♥

  15. micheal
    micheal ·

    Very very nice. I may try this.

More Interesting Articles

  • Sweeping Street Panoramas Taken With Lomography Horizon Cameras

    written by cheeo on 2014-05-12 in #lifestyle
    Sweeping Street Panoramas Taken With Lomography Horizon Cameras

    The feeling of wanting to take a stroll around the city or countryside can sometimes be so overwhelming that it can make one head out on the streets at the spur of the moment. Before you go on a streetwise adventure however, remember to bring your Horizon camera with you so you can capture those sweeping cityscapes.

  • My Day in Analogue As a Prop Maker: A Visit to Sham Shui Po

    written by ccding on 2014-09-03 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue As a Prop Maker: A Visit to Sham Shui Po

    In this article, I'll show you the usual route I take whenever I walk through the streets of Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, this time in preparation for making a puppet called Mr. Golden. Sham Shui Po is famous for its stores selling fabrics and other clothing supplies, as well as electronic accessories. It is also full of different places to explore.

    4
  • Fun Under the Sun: How I Like to Spend My Summer

    written by jutei on 2014-07-14 in #lifestyle
    Fun Under the Sun: How I Like to Spend My Summer

    Here in Finland winter is freezing, dark, and seemingly lasts forever. Summer is quite short so you have to make the best of it while you can. Here's how I like to spend my summer.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • The Horizon Perfekt: A Camera for Perfect Panoramas

    written by wesco on 2014-06-23 in #reviews
    The Horizon Perfekt: A Camera for Perfect Panoramas

    For a lover of panoramic photos, the Horizon Perfekt is one of the most sought after cameras in the market. Through the revolving glass lens, it makes pictures that are sharp right into the corners at an extra wide panorama format. The distortion that can occur gives its pictures a special appearance.

  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

  • How to Make Pinhole Camera from a Soda Can

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2014-04-27 in #people #lifestyle
    How to Make Pinhole Camera from a Soda Can

    Justin Quinnell’s expertise when it comes to pinhole wizardry is unquestionable. This photographer and lecturer from Bristol, United Kingdom, has crafted the most unusual of pinhole projects, from installing cameras onto ships cruising around the Caribbean to taking photos of his kids being born from inside his mouth. One other project that he is known for is being able to make a pinhole camera from a soda can. Watch the video below and learn how!

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-18 in #news
    December 18th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    With the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time to make sure you have loads of wonderful films for all the fun festivities coming up. Today's Advent deal of the day is here to help you do just that! Head on over to the Online Shop and save 10% on our wide selection of films. Do the right thing and keep your camera happy this year!

  • I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    written by blackfairy on 2014-08-07 in #gear #tipster
    I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.

    13
  • How to Break the Ice with the Lomo'Instant

    written by antoniocastello on 2014-11-20 in #lifestyle
    How to Break the Ice with the Lomo'Instant

    New York is full of interesting people. Everywhere you look you, will find good-looking, smart, and powerful characters; models, actresses, entrepreneurs, managers, artists. Because of this sometimes it can be a little intimidating for a regular guy in the Big Apple to step up, talk to the girl you like, or make new friends. So here are a few tips, courtesy of the Lomo'Instant, that will help you to break the ice.

  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Word On The Street: A New Mystery Product Will Be Unveiled Soon!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-04-27 in #gear #news
    Word On The Street: A New Mystery Product Will Be Unveiled Soon!

    Pssst, have you heard the latest? We're unveiling a brand new product very soon, and while we can't give you any strong clues right now, we hope that you can still try to guess what it is. In honor of this mystery product, we'd like to reiterate why Lomography's 10 Golden Rules is perfectly applicable to street photography.

  • Awesome Albums: Fun! Fun! Lomo'Instant Splitzer by gocchin

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-04-26 in #world #lifestyle
    Awesome Albums: Fun! Fun! Lomo'Instant Splitzer by gocchin

    The Splitzer is indeed a handy tool for creating superbly surreal and playful images, as perfectly demonstrated by one creative community member!

    2
  • A View Split in Two

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-26 in #world #lifestyle
    A View Split in Two

    Inspired by the LC-A+ Splitzer aesthetic, we scoured vintage archives for brilliant examples of halved frames. Fair warning: We still need your undivided attention to fully appreciate the dualities.

    1