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Simple, beautiful photography in a custom package. Create your own 35mm camera kit, using timeless pinhole technology.

Precision laser-cut and fully customizable.
Precision laser-cut and fully customizable.
                  

"Its customizable nature also works as an educational jigsaw puzzle and helps break down complex pinhole technology to make it easier to understand." Jillian Wong, designTAXI

"At a time when the maker movement seems to be at its peak, Michael Kenney’s Original Pin project marks a merger between amusing, interactive entertainment and pinhole camera technology." Serena Chu, PSFK

"You can put together your Original Pin in no time at all. And once you’re done, just load up a standard roll of 35mm film and go for it. It’s more convenient than a standard pinhole camera and more visually appealing (at least we think so) than other build-it-yourself models." DL Cade, PetaPixel

"Building the camera also allows users to customize the look of their camera as well as understand the internal mechanics. The Original Pin takes standard 35mm that attaches to a film advance, while pulling the wooden slide on the front reveals the pinhole." Kevin Lee, Phoblographer

"Like the promotional DIY Leica camera, the Original Pin starts out as a bunch of snap-together pieces. However, the resulting product — a 35mm pinhole camera — can actually take pictures, while the Leica just looked, well, pretty. It’s also made from wood, if that appeals to your sense of aesthetics." Lee Booker, Gizmodo

Special thanks to Johanna Calderon-Dakin for providing us with attentive and invaluable PR and crowdfunding consulting!

Original Pin: Cameras with Character.

Teach the basics of photography with a precision-built, laser-cut 35mm pinhole camera that won't crush in your backpack, or melt in the rain, like cardboard. 

Through its customizable, flat-pack design, the Original Pin offers a user-friendly and intuitive method of changing your camera's "personality." By mixing and matching the wooden parts, you are able to create something that is both durable and unique.

Create your own camera. Simply.
Create your own camera. Simply.

A 3-D puzzle: If you can jigsaw, you can pinhole.

To create your Original Pin, simply match like-shapes. Then, add a dab of glue and a small helping of friction to create the inner-workings of the camera body. To complete the look, you can add your own custom parts to create a beautiful, functional and sturdy camera that will last you a lifetime.

Mix and match parts to create a custom camera.
Mix and match parts to create a custom camera.

The Best Way to Teach and Explore Photography: Pinhole technology. 

Most photography classes start with the construction of pinhole cameras. Why, you ask? Well, the pinhole camera breaks down complex photographic concepts into their basic foundation: Light. How much to let in, and for how long?

Hand-constructing a camera that can take real photographs, using the simplest method possible, transforms these abstract photographic concepts into hands-on understanding; giving both beginners, and veterans, a valuable tool for learning, exploring and creating their art.

Why create a pinhole camera from a shoebox or paint can that requires special photographic paper and a darkroom? With the Original Pin you can simply build a quality camera that takes standard 35mm film.

Enough of that: What you get and how it works.

The Original Pin will arrive as a flat-pack kit of parts, that you will assemble. The "basic" kit of part includes: (1) set of camera body parts, (1) faceplate, (1)shutter, (1)lens housing and (1) lens kit; which consists of a square piece of recycled aluminum, a size 22 sewing needle, a piece of 400 grit sandpaper and instructions for making the pinhole and assembling the Original Pin.

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL! LET'S GO FOR THE STRETCH...

If we reach 20K we will be giving away the design files for the faceplate, lens ring and shutter pull, to every backer. That means if you have access to a laser cutter, or a laser cutting service, you can create your very own design!

For an idea of what is involved watch these animations:

Creating a film-winding post.
Creating a film-winding post.
The finished post that will be inserted into the camera body to wind up the film.
The finished post that will be inserted into the camera body to wind up the film.
Match like-shapes and add glue to create the camera body.
Match like-shapes and add glue to create the camera body.
Start adding the parts you like.
Start adding the parts you like.
Screwing on the lens and adding the shutter.
Screwing on the lens and adding the shutter.
Seeing the guts of the operation.
Seeing the guts of the operation.
Placing in the film. (It's functional!)
Placing in the film. (It's functional!)
Tighten it up.
Tighten it up.
Putting on the backplate and winding up the film.
Putting on the backplate and winding up the film.
Snip. Snap. You'll be taking pictures in no time.
Snip. Snap. You'll be taking pictures in no time.

 Customizing your style.

The Cascadia model.
The Cascadia model.
The Duwamish model.
The Duwamish model.
The Seward model.
The Seward model.
Kickstarter exclusive. Numbered in the order received.
Kickstarter exclusive. Numbered in the order received.
Kickstarter exclusive faceplate design.
Kickstarter exclusive faceplate design.
Removable tripod mounting.
Removable tripod mounting.
Tripod mount in place.
Tripod mount in place.

Our very first set of pictures! 

We'll be adding new pictures as they come in from all of our Original Pin testers. Thanks, Justin Howard for the fantastic additions :)

Downtown Seattle from Queen Anne hill.
Downtown Seattle from Queen Anne hill.
Reflections of a sunrise over Lake Union.
Reflections of a sunrise over Lake Union.
Boats in the marina.
Boats in the marina.
The broken rocker.
The broken rocker.
The road not taken.
The road not taken.
The upper Stillaguamish rocks.
The upper Stillaguamish rocks.
The rain doth fall in Lake Quinalt.
The rain doth fall in Lake Quinalt.
The smoky harbor.
The smoky harbor.
The other side.
The other side.

Thank you Kickstarter!

Thanks a million for looking! Please give me any feedback or ask any questions, I would love to hear what you think!

If you love what you see, help me fund the dream :)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for any interest you show in this project, whether it be a look, a like, a share, or a pledge. This project has demanded extensive passion and I am overjoyed to be able to share it with the world.

From the first moment of inception, over two years ago, I have labored to bring this idea to life. I feel truly grateful that I/we live in a time and place that allows an individual to dream, and do, what otherwise may have been impossible. The perfect nexus of affordable local prototyping (thanks, Metrix:CreateSpace, Seattle), manufacturing on demand, and crowd-funding, is truly a dream to behold.

For all of you dreamers, I say "Aye."

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The inherent risk is not being able to gauge the level of interest that may be shown in the Original Pin project. The biggest challenge would be an exponentially higher interest than I have anticipated. If that were to occur, I have contacted alternate producers that can help me deliver and distribute an overload of requests. As a result, I have identified a price point that will cover potential disruption.

FAQ

  • The Original Pin will arrive as a flat-pack kit of parts, that you will assemble. This kit of part includes: (1) set of camera body parts, (1) faceplate, (1)shutter, (1)lens housing and (1) lens kit; which consists of a square piece of recycled aluminum, a size 22 sewing needle, a piece of 400 grit sandpaper and instructions for making the pinhole and assembling the Original Pin.

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  • Almost everything about the Original Pin is modular, meaning you can take it apart and replace parts at will. This includes the lens. My true belief is that the joy of this camera is being able to be hands-on with every aspect.

    In that vein, we will be providing a "lens kit" which will consist of a piece of aluminum that is recycled from the sidewall of an aluminum popcan, a thin sewing needle (size 22), a piece of 400 grit sandpaper, and instructions on how to create your aperture/pinhole. This is the method that was used to product the example photographs.

    However, because of the modular nature of the Original Pin, you can easily replace the home-made "lens" with a professionally cut or drilled unit with any pinhole size you wish and allowing you to control tolerances down to the micron.

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  • We will be releasing the final designs of the boxed-set shortly.

    The boxed set includes one camera body kit, all three initial designs for interchangeable lens housing, shutter pull and faceplate, plus the Kickstarter-exclusive designs. In all, it will be: (1) set of camera body parts, (4) faceplates, (4) shutter pulls, (4) lens housing designs and (1) lens kit; which consists of a square piece of recycled aluminum, a size 22 sewing needle, a piece of 400 grit sandpaper and instructions for making the pinhole and assembling the Original Pin.

    You will be sent all of these as flatpack pieces in a custom-designed box. I will construct the custom box, but you will need to construct and style the Original Pin (trust me, you'll be happy you did).

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