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September 4, 2011

Fun new “lens” that has no glass.

Filed under: Photography — chuck goolsbee @ 10:44 am
My first shot with the Pinwide lens.
My first shot with the Pinwide lens.

One of the great things about the Micro Four Thirds format is the ultimate flexibility with regard to lenses. You can use all manner of legacy lenses with adapters. Plus there is now a growing market of native mount lenses. There is also the option (programmatically) of shooting without a lens at all, which is how these photos were taken. These are pinhole images, shot with a relatively cheap device called a “Pinwide”. It is a precision machined pinhole with an equivalent of 22mm, ƒ/96-ƒ/128. So it is a wide-angle lens with near infinite depth of field.

It requires a LOT of light, or very long exposures. These are just some test shots I fired off yesterday.

This is a 1 second exposure.
This is a 1 second exposure.
This is a 60 second exposure.
This is a 60 second exposure.

What do you think?

4 Comments

  1. Pinhole photos have a cool aesthetic. Though you should be able to get a sharper image than those shown but still retain the pinhole look.

    The classic pinhole camera was the Quaker Oats camera with photo paper used as the negative.

    My favorite pinhole is the the VW Van pinhole camera.

    Comment by markc — September 4, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  2. Why are they all out of focus?

    Comment by RogParish — September 5, 2011 @ 4:31 am

  3. Yeah, I’m still trying to figure it out. Stay tuned and I’ll see if I can get them sharper. I suspect the main reason in the long exposures and using a self-standing monopod, which does have a bit of wobble.

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — September 5, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  4. Ah, the old is new again! The secret(s) to pinhole camera-ism?
    -VERY small aperture
    -Tripod.

    I never could get a decent pinhole pic if not on a tripod. Maybe it’s time to resurrect my Lubitel camera…;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubitel

    Comment by vrooomie — September 12, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

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