A kit camera that offers more than just stereo pinholes for a low price.
Those who my follow me, know that I like pinhole cameras. I also like tinkering with my hands. Kits from Gakken and Recesky have filled both those aspects of my interests. I have already reviewed one kit camera: “Gakken Lens X Pinhole” for this site and have also built the Lomographer favorite: Recesky TLR, two versions in fact. While searching for more kits, I found the Recesky Stereo Pinhole Camera.
Although I did not think to document the assembly at the time, the construction was fairly simple and the directions contained a lot of diagrams.
The camera is 35mm with all plastic construction. There are 3 pinholes on the front and a switch marked with 1 dot or 2. Corresponding to if you wish to take 1 frame or a double frame panoramic, a divider shown in picture 3 and 4 above is in place or retracted. Soft plastic caps cover the three pinholes: one for each frame and the center for the panoramic. There is a shutter plane slide that can lock into place for longer exposure times. A few notes on the pinholes themselves. Initial construction does not call for glue, but the removing the caps pulled the pinhole aperture loose often, causing the frame to be open and overexposed. A dab of superglue locked down each aperture ring with no effect on pictures taking. The shutter plane also only affects the standard frame pinholes. The center panoramic is always open inside the camera, so if the cap is off, the film is getting exposed, no matter if the shutter plane is set to closed.
The counter is simple wheel with markings at 12 and 6 o’clock perspective. A rotation between them is one standard frame, a full circle counts the panoramic & stereo frame. Keeping track of the exposure number is up to the user. Since I make notes of exposure times for each shot, It is easy to also keep track of the number of frames left.
I was never intending to use the double pictures of the stereo, so I enjoy single frames and panoramics. If you are self developing or just getting your negatives, you can easily switch back and forth between panoramic or single modes. A drugstore developer might not be so understanding if they try to print off your roll.
Here are a few with the standard frame.
And my favorite is the panoramic. If offers longer exposure times and helps you consume a roll really quickly using two frames worth at a time.
The base is flat and wide so the camera is stable for long exposures, but the tripod mount is an added bonus. I would recommend this as a low cost kit for a pinhole enthusiast. It is small and lightweight enough to fit in a bag or even a large pocket for a day of fun.