Since the original success of the Pinhole Pro, our backers have been asking us to release a wide angle version of the professional pinhole lens. We heard you, loud and clear!
Today we are happy to announce two new wide angle lenses to the Pinhole Pro family: the Pinhole Pro S11 (11mm) and Pinhole Pro S37 (37mm).
Pinhole photography predates any form of modern photography as the most fundamental form of photographic art. The forerunner to the photographic camera was the camera obscura — a permeative photographic device with no lens but a single pinhole aperture.
Contemporary cameras use state-of-the-art lenses, mirrors, mounts, AF/MF techniques, and endlessly higher pixel density to deliver amazing images, but those images are too life-like, lacking the charm of raw, naturally vintage look of pinhole photos boasting the most original saturated colours.
Pinhole is photography in its most original form. However, achieving that unforgettable photographic aesthetics requires high precision engineering and modern state of the art manufacturing technologies. With so many sub-par quality options on the market, as well as the ability for anyone to build their own, we saw an opportunity to not only build a pinhole lens that’s beautiful with exceptional build quality, but also with precision engineering and rich inputs from the photographers and cinematographers themselves — the result was the world’s first ever multi-aperture professional pinhole lens that supports virtually all modern digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.
In the early 20th century, the development of high speed films and mass production of glass lens almost made pinhole photography forgotten. It’s a lost art form, only to be kept alive by the few enthusiasts.
Photographers turned to the endless pursuit of sharpness, resolution and speed. That trend still dominates today. However many photographers like yourself have started to realize that high resolution and high specs can not replace the authenticity of analogue photography that’s more personal, original, unfiltered with a timeless 'point of view'. Pinhole photography provides exactly that. After all it is the closest to what a human eye can see.
Create photos and videos exactly the same way photos were taken hundreds of years ago, and pair that with modern high speed, high ISO technologies. The result is stunning and timeless.
Experiment and have fun!
Pinhole photography is great for printing out. Paper gives pinhole photos timeless feeling.
Never before, is professional pinhole motion pictures so easy and achievable. The vivid yet stunningly unique look of the pinhole cinema is something that’s simply non-reproducible by digital.
Instead of charging over $1500 for a professional made pinhole lens for cinematography, we offer a much more affordable option for movie makers and video artists with a much more dramatic offering:
What lies in every Pinhole Pro lens, is the secret of how each tiniest yet perfectly precious pinhole aperture is made. The shape and edge smoothness of the pinhole aperture is one of the most critical factors in image quality and sharpness.
Unlike most DIY and commercial pinhole cameras and pinhole lenses that use either mechanical pin punching, chemical etching or laser etching, Thingyfy uses a robotic controlled tiny micro-drill that is only 0.05mm in diameter, to preciously drill a perfectly round and smooth pinhole aperture. This process requires state-of-the-art environmental control and vibration reduction, in order to produce the stunning quality of each Pinhole Pro in mass production. Below is a table that compares the attributes of each pinhole production method:
The first three methods result in an imperfect pinhole, with pinhole apertures that are either too large, not round in shape, thick walls of the pinhole or with fuzzy edges — each of which will result in poor image quality.
One of the biggest challenges to create a super wide angle pinhole lens is the innovative engineering of the lens structure itself at a microscopic scale.
In order to achieve a whopping 120° field of view at an aperture less than 0.15mm, the pinhole wall has to be leas than 0.1mm to eliminate the tunnel effect, or dark corners on the picture.
This is no easy task, as if the wall is too thin, the aperture plane of the Pinhole lens will be as thin as a tin foil, therefore easy to penetrate and warp. Thingyfy’s engineer has developed an ingenious design x allows the aperture plain to stay as thick as 1mm, ensuring its strength and durability, while by precisely machining two opening funnels at opposite orientation, both allows a 120° opening on each side, to let light rays pass through with no obstruction.
Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S offer seven different lens mounts and four focal lengths, ranging from 11mm to 55mm. With the extension tubes that are widely available for each lens mount, it’s possible to covert the Pinhole Pro to a wide range of focal lengths, taking advantages of the unique multi-aperture design.
In case you are pledging for Pinhole Pro S as a present for your loved ones and the event will take place soon. We prepared a series of postcards which you can print in your local print-house or at home. Just find the right paper.
Risks and challenges
Our team has years of proven experience in designing and delivering amazing products. Our most recent success was the launching and delivering of the original Pinhole Pro. We plan to do the same for Pinhole Pro S-Series. With the same gratitude and even more passion, we want to give you our promise:
Guaranteed shipping or your money back.
We take pride in being open with our backers, and have a history of being transparent. We understand that regular communication is key, whether things are going great, or not so well. We also love this work, and we'll do our best to make this process educational and entertaining for you as well. So in addition to keeping you up to date on general progress, we will also strive to give you an in-depth look at the process of refining and delivering fantastic products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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