ONDU -A Pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations
Thank you, our backers! You believed that pinhole photography has a place in the world now dominated by smartphones and milion pixels DSLR's. Two years ago you helped bring to life the first series of the ONDU pinhole cameras. The overwhelming support and the enthusiasm helped us to build a new workshop, and enabled us to join the two thing we are most passionate about. Woodworking and cameras!
We worked and collaborated with numerous backers and supporters from all over the world, to improve and even more simplify the new range of ONDU's! Your feedback and experiences in real life were the most important thing that kept our minds open for new possibilities. This time we need your support once again. Our know-how in woodworking has increased exponentially and so has the research about cameras. Together we can create wonders!
WHAT IS A PINHOLE CAMERA?
For those who are just entering the world of pinhole photography, let us quickly explain what's it all about. A pinhole camera uses a tiny hole to project an image onto photographic material. Because of that small hole, the images created with this type of camera can not be replicated with any lens based camera.
We are taking pictures more than ever, up to the point that we don't take notice anymore. With pinhole photography you learn to take it slow, people cue up to get their shot taken with a pinhole camera, and you are left with more than just an image, you relive the memory. These are the feelings that are driving me to make pinhole pictures and ONDU makes it easy for everybody to do so.
The new cameras are as well made from locally harvested and FSC certified walnut and maple wood. The inverted darker design will help the camera look beautiful for a longer time, and will not catch any stains that would otherwise happen with a lighter wood type. The wood joints have been redesigned and tested making the ONDU stronger and sturdier than ever. And to top it all, wallnut gives out an amazing scent when being worked on!
Let us guide you to some of the improvemets that we've made in the new cameras. We worked together with our backers and supporters all over the world while gathering off the field informations on what could we do to make the cameras even better!
There are now a total of 14 magnets that work together to make this a simple and functional camera. They hold in the backplate in place, secure the winding pins and film and work in tandem with the stop pin to make exposures easy! We finally found a solution on how to keep them permanently in place with the help of our friends from Dropcatch! Yay Magnets!
We learn to frame naturally with a pinhole camera, but that takes time to practice, and even then we are never completely sure about the final outcome. That's why we have laser engraved a field of view on every camera to make it easier. And for those panoramic enthusiasts there's also a built in levelling bulb to keep the horizons straight! While we are talking about engravings, just to make sure were getting to that next shot, all cameras that require winding have the winding direction engraved on the top. Lefty loosey, righty tighty dosen't work here.
One of the most important changes was done to the shutter. The change was inspired by our friend Adam J. Piper that modified his ONDU 6x12 to include a stop pin that stops the shutter while closing.The resulting pictures were absolute proof that a stop pin was necessary, we made it so it works both ways, opening and closing. The pin works together with the built in magnets to make shaky exposures a thing of the past!
We were approached with a concept by Mr.Christian Weigang from Germany. Who told us about his recalculations of the currently know pinhole size optimisations. He took into account not just he focal length ( the distance light has to travel to reach in our case film ) but also the field of view that we are trying to cover. These are slight but important changes, that make for more equal exposures. All pinholes are now drilled with a high precision laser in a brass plate 0,025mm in thickness. To protect the actual pinhole and keep it centered, it's now nestled in a black anodized aluminium housing.
The 120mm cameras now run much smoother while winding, thanks to a guide pin that holds the film in place. This alleviates the tension and prevents scratches on the film. The viewing ports for the 120mm film have also been enlarged and chamfered to make frame counting a breeze!
The cameras are coated two times with a mixture of natural oils and beeswax designed specially for hardwood flooring. This will keep the camera crisp and clean for years to come. And unlike synthetic varnishes it can be reapplied at any time in the future.
Our backers suggested that we make a carry bag for the ONDU's! Wish granted, every camera will come supplied with a two layer carry bag to protect the cameras while taking them on that Mount Kilimanjaro trip! The inside fabric is black, to prevent accidental exposures and did we mention our mom makes those?
We have made many prototypes of the current versions of cameras over the last 2 years, consulted with our backers and users from all over the world and if it was possible the modification was made. The next step is the Kickstarter campaign, where YOU will play the most important role. All our suppliers for raw materials have been notified and are on standby. After the campaign we will make some minor modifications to the workshop to make the camera production as smooth as possible. With this we hope to start making your cameras by the beginning of August and if we don't get many Murphy moments the cameras will arrive at your doorstep right on time!
I ( Elvis ) am an industrial designer and carpenter with a long lasting passion for photography, especially alternative photographic processes. Pinhole photography falls into that group just perfectly and I was hooked on this type of making images since I made my first one way back in 2006. After years of studying design, learning woodworking techniques and making countless different types of pinhole cameras I'm super excited too see what we can do for the future of Pinhole and photography in general! Benjamin is my younger brother, but don't let the age fool you, he is my right hand man in the workshop and when he's in the mood the attention he pays to details is amazing. Together with Beni my dad and my friend Žiga Miklavc we are a well tuned ONDU Pinhole camera making machine!
Special thanks to all of those who made this campaign possible:
Niko Klanšek | Business advisor
Matej Nahtigal | Video and campaign
Jurij Vižintin | Video and light
Mr.Christian Weigang | Pinhole dimensions calculations and concept
DJ Borka | Again with the amazing soundtrack for the video
Jure Knehtl | web advertising
All the amazing Pinholers out there, sorry if I forgot someone you all rock:
Risks and challenges
This time we're more prepared than ever! The workshop is built, everybody is on standby and waiting for your approval of the new designs! We want to keep as much as possible of the wood production in our workshop to have the best overview of the production stages.
Because Beni, Elvis and the team have made thousands of cameras so far, and they are now really familiar with the production process all the way from sourcing wood to the final stages, we are not expecting any delays in production! Because we want the community to give us their ideas about the cameras, we are leaving room for new modifications, but nothing to obvious, at least visually!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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