A pinhole with a difference, if you like your images with a twist then this is for you. Singles, doubles, blends and panoramas all are possible with this little wonder. Small cylinders will not look the same again and straight forward pinholes will seem boring!
I have always loved pinholes and have made my own for some time including a cylindrical can camera with five holes- this turned out to be very similar to a little camera called the Pinhole Blender 35MM. I was drawn to this family of pinholes first with the Pinhole Blender 120 when it was first available here on LSI. I loved this one so much that I decided to get another and having some ‘piggies’ I got the P.B. mini 35mm.
The decision to go for this was based primarily on size, it’s compact as opposed to the 120. I can now be inconspicuous!
The little can comes with instructions, an exposure guide (worth making a copy of and carrying around), two magnetic guides for 100 ASA and 400ASA which attach to the can and also a magnetic pinhole cover. The mini has one pinhole hole but it comes with two magnetic options. These you attach to the inside of the can making sure the hole is central. The pinhole is 0.15mm(f200) and the Zone plate is f64.
Zone plates give the most amazing glow to an image, the plate is made up of concentric circles which can vary in size. I would say, make sure you remember which one you put in your camera as the exposure is significantly different and rather crucial!
The P.B. mini also comes with an empty cartridge for your film to wind on to, this is very easy to put together for the novice. Once your film is in place and the little wooden ‘knobs’ are in place you need to wind on a reasonable amount to get passed the exposed leader film. Winding on correctly is important, as you can see from two of the images above there are sprocket holes visible, now I love sprockets but these were not deliberate, it was the tension, I hadn’t kept it taught… makes for a great effect though!
Now you can start making pinholes, winding on as little or as much as you like.The instructions do specify how much. The frames can be blended seamlessly giving you amazing panoramas and juxtapositions or just single frames in an unblended shot, these will have brilliant vignettes. Obviously as pinholes these shots can be as blurry or as sharp as you like, the pinhole supplied can be very sharp as long as you use a tripod, which is possible. I like mine with a bit of blur so often they are hand held.
The interesting thing with this camera is the attention it can draw, its a little silver cylinder with two knobs protruding from the top around these are some directional arrows for winding on and then the name of the cam. I use the fact the pinhole lines up between the 35 as a directional aid but you could mark the top if you wanted to.
Get one they are fun!