Bent Plastic Dreams


You can take a handy screw driver and jam your PN2011 lens open forever! The long exposure opportunities are endless.

So you know how I have a major boner for light play? Well anyways I have an extra Vivitar PN2011 and I was thinking that maybe I wanted to try and modify it so that I can keep the lens open always. Well when I got to work on the thing I realized that if I stuck a mini screw driver right onto the back of the shutter (with the back open and film out obviously) and click the button the screwdriver would prevent the shutter from closing. Then all I had to do was slide the shutter down by moving the screwdriver from the upper left corner of the shutter box area and down to the lower right corner of that box. Next step is to just sort of move the screw driver around in the corner there so that the plastic casing bends and prevents the shutter from popping back up. This is a very easy mod but of course it is not precise so you may have to try it a few times before the lens stays down. The other worry is that you need to be careful not to scratch the lens. Once the shutter is permanently open then you can make magic happen.

So the PN2011 has a crappy plastic lens cap that works on a sliding button on the front of the camera and this will become your new shutter button basically. Load up the film and get ready, so as soon as you open that lens cap the picture is being made. Obviously you need to use this only indoors or at night because you can’t really move the lens cap that fast for bright light. Oh another warning is that you still have to hit the actual shutter button even though it doesn’t do anything anymore, but you do this because it will let you advance the film precisely to the next frame once you are done with the pic.

A joy of the setup is that you can just rest the camera on any flat surface and leave it be and it will take a clear long exposure without a tripod or a cable release. Another piece of genius is that you don’t have to stand near the camera holding the button down or working a cable release or any kind of junk. You are free to run around a dark room alone with a flash or a light toy and just have fun and get back to the camera whenever. You can do what is like a double exposure when you are in a dark room and you flash one thing in the cameras view then latter something else. This thing is just so versatile. Oh and panoramic setting can make things even more wacky. Oh and Oh Oh you can also just advance the film without closing the lens cap for a more fun effect too, I did this on a dark street at night. I mean this is just so cool to me that I don’t even know what else to say.

written by kylethefrench on 2010-01-22 #gear #tutorials #long-exposure #tipster #double-exposure #flash-play


  1. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    Open and shut brilliance!

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    this is genius!!!

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Oooohhh incredible kylethefrench... kylethekingofbulb... ; )

  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I love the way you work it, no diggity, I wanna bag it up.

  5. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Nice work, looks like you had fun with this!

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    This is really brilliant. You make a camera with a T shutter. Perfect light painting, or stacking flashes from multiple directions and colours!! Way cool!!

  7. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    @lomosexual_manboy wow, you went there... haha

  8. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    If you need a fix lomosexualmanboy let me be the one you can call.... I love to see my kitchen table in the pix!

  9. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    In picture 5 is Saab 9-5 SportCombi!

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