My camerapaedia: Matchbox pinhole

Credits: stratski

A tiny pinhole camera that I made from a matchbox and two film canisters. F-number? No idea.

Last year.

I made it, with help of this site:

This is the simpelest camera I have. It hardly even qualifies as a camera. I quite like it, though. It’s th first pinhole camera I have more or less mastered. All previous attempt always were disappointing (although that could be because I’ve only started developing my own film a year ago. It helps if you’re the one in control of the negative scanner). It’s a bit of a hit-and-miss camera: the first time I used it, hardly any recognisable images came out. But as I managed to improve the sprocket counter (i.e. a bit of plastic stuck to the source roll with tape) the picktures became better. The whole limitless depth of tfield thing doesn’t quite work with my rather imperfect pinhole, but still, I’m pretty happy with the pictures. Black and whithe film works well because it’s really forgiving, so under- or over exposion is not too big a problem. But it’s fine with color as well. The occasional light leak adds just that little bit extra.

I have two masks, a larger one for regular 36×24mm negatives, and a smaller square format 24×24mm one. I prefer the square one. I made the edges rough, because I like the fringe effect in the pictures.

Credits: stratski

written by stratski on 2012-10-02


  1. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Very nice! :)

  2. chocochipcookie
    chocochipcookie ·

    I'm still mastering my home made pinholes. Planning on making a new one similar to this but using a tin of mints with the rolls on the outside.

  3. stratski
    stratski ·

    @chocochipcookie: I't worth it to keep triyng. If you don't want to waste an entire roll on an experiment, you might want to convert half of it to redscale (or just use use it in another camera), and use half of it in your pinhole camera.

  4. fm_skins
    fm_skins ·