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Pinholes, Zone Plates and A Camera Made Out of Boxes!

Two new Instructables about pinhole photography showed up this week. If you’ve never played around with non-digital photography, this is a really fun. Being in a dark room and seeing your own lensless photos appear magically in a tray of chemicals is a magical experience that everyone should have!

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Zoneplates are like pinholes, but they have tiny rings instead of one hole and they give a slightly different effect than a pinhole. RCline goes into detail on how to design your own and get them printed out by a printer. – Link

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LennyB used camera boxes and bellows to make an 8×10 pinhole camera. The great thing about pinhole cameras is that they can be made out of anything! – Link

Related Posts, Podcast and Articles:

  • Check the digital edition for instructions on how to make a widescreen medium format pinhole. – Link
  • The Weekend Projects podcast tackled a pinhole camera project. – Link
  • There have been tons of pinhole projects posted to the blog! – Link

14 thoughts on “Pinholes, Zone Plates and A Camera Made Out of Boxes!

  1. Nice Mac Cam! I once saw a book where a teacher had asked his students to make pinhole cameras out of weird stuff and a student made one out of a crabshell! Pinhole casemods are awesome!

  2. Paul sent me in this comment via email and I wanted to put it out to the folks here:

    I just saw your mention of pinhole and zoneplate imaging. The problem I have had with making zone plates is find an imagesetter to generate the film. I don’t want to show my age too much but I can remember when you couldn’t find a Linotronic ‘cuz they were expensive. Now you can’t find one ‘cuz they’re obsolete.

    If you all have any tips on where someone can get that kind of output generated, it would be a public service.

  3. Paul sent me in this comment via email and I wanted to put it out to the folks here:

    I just saw your mention of pinhole and zoneplate imaging. The problem I have had with making zone plates is find an imagesetter to generate the film. I don’t want to show my age too much but I can remember when you couldn’t find a Linotronic ‘cuz they were expensive. Now you can’t find one ‘cuz they’re obsolete.

    If you all have any tips on where someone can get that kind of output generated, it would be a public service.

  4. Paul sent me in this comment via email and I wanted to put it out to the folks here:

    I just saw your mention of pinhole and zoneplate imaging. The problem I have had with making zone plates is find an imagesetter to generate the film. I don’t want to show my age too much but I can remember when you couldn’t find a Linotronic ‘cuz they were expensive. Now you can’t find one ‘cuz they’re obsolete.

    If you all have any tips on where someone can get that kind of output generated, it would be a public service.

  5. Interesting thing about a Fresnel zone plate is it’s basically a hologram of a lens. A synthetic hologram in this case. With a fast computer and a basement darkroom it should be possible to make holograms of much more complicated objects.

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