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The first durable and simple to use pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations, made even better!
The first durable and simple to use pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations!
The first durable and simple to use pinhole camera that can be passed on for generations!
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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! 

Check out the ONDU Pinhole Flickr group gallery
Check out the ONDU Pinhole Flickr group gallery

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.

More info about our stretch goals can be found here!
More info about our stretch goals can be found here!

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. 

Who makes those? My mom!
Who makes those? My mom!

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?

ONDU 6x12 MULTIFORMAT
ONDU 6x12 MULTIFORMAT
The beginner ONDU, with a simple to frame angle of view that uses regular 35mm film.
The beginner ONDU, with a simple to frame angle of view that uses regular 35mm film.
A small multi-format it can shoot leica 24x36mm or 24x72 for an amazing field of view. All those panoramic views just waiting!
A small multi-format it can shoot leica 24x36mm or 24x72 for an amazing field of view. All those panoramic views just waiting!
The most sought after ONDU, small in size but still makes amazing square wide angle memories. Uses 120 film.
The most sought after ONDU, small in size but still makes amazing square wide angle memories. Uses 120 film.
For all the classics out there a dedicated 6x9 ONDU with a focal length of 40mm that makes a nice 103° viewing angle.
For all the classics out there a dedicated 6x9 ONDU with a focal length of 40mm that makes a nice 103° viewing angle.
The all around camera, choose from three different formats -  6x6 | 6x9 | 6x12 - before loading the film and you are set to go. Focal length is 40mm.
The all around camera, choose from three different formats - 6x6 | 6x9 | 6x12 - before loading the film and you are set to go. Focal length is 40mm.
Large format classic, fixed focal length with a easy to manage 100° field of view. Use it with film or photographic paper.
Large format classic, fixed focal length with a easy to manage 100° field of view. Use it with film or photographic paper.
ONDURAMA eats up 120 film like nothing, in return it produces amazing 140°panoramic images with minimum falloff thanks to it's curved plane design.
ONDURAMA eats up 120 film like nothing, in return it produces amazing 140°panoramic images with minimum falloff thanks to it's curved plane design.
Suitable for use with film or photographic paper the ONDU 5"x 7" covers a field of view of 100° diagonally. This one does not fit in a pocket!
Suitable for use with film or photographic paper the ONDU 5"x 7" covers a field of view of 100° diagonally. This one does not fit in a pocket!
The TRIFOCUS is a special trifocal-length camera that can shoot wide, semi wide and normal angles! The modular cassettes are held together with strong magnets making it easy to stack and take apart.
The TRIFOCUS is a special trifocal-length camera that can shoot wide, semi wide and normal angles! The modular cassettes are held together with strong magnets making it easy to stack and take apart.
GIANT that's what this camera is, it makes huge 8x10" images that speak for themselves! There will be only 50 of these up for grabs.
GIANT that's what this camera is, it makes huge 8x10" images that speak for themselves! There will be only 50 of these up for grabs.

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! 

Elvis and Beni, his younger bigger brother.
Elvis and Beni, his younger bigger brother.

 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: 

Jana Obscura, Jeff Mcconell, Michael FeursteinGunnar Eld, Adam J. Piper, Jansen Tang, Herald Deischinger, Steven Boelaars and many more!:)

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!

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    ONDU T-SHIRT!

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    ONDU HOODIE!

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    EARLY BIRD - ONDU 135 PANORAMIC

    Receive an ONDU 135 Panoramic pinhole camera for just $60! All those panoramic views just waiting! Exposure chart and carry bag included!

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    ONDU 135 POCKET

    The smallest ONDU in the range. Normal viewing angle, 135mm film, perfect for beginners! Exposure chart and carry bag included.

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    EARLY BIRD - ONDU 6x6 POCKET

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    ONDU 135 PANORAMIC

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    ONDU 6x6 POCKET

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    EARLY BIRD - ONDU 6x12 MULTIFORMAT

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    ONDU 6x9 CLASSIC

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    ONDU 6x12 MULTIFORMAT

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    ONDU 4"x 5" LARGE FORMAT

    Large format classic, fixed focal length with a easy to manage 100° field of view. Exposure chart and carry bag included. 4"x 5" Film holder is not included.

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    ONDURAMA 6x17 CURVED PLANE

    This new giant covers a field of view of astonishing 140° and the curved plane makes for an equal exposure overall! Exposure chart and carry bag included.

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    ONDU 5"x 7" LARGE FORMAT

    Suitable for use with film or photographic paper the ONDU 5"x 7" covers a field of view of 100° diagonally. Exposure chart and carry bag included. 5"x 7" Film holder is not included.

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    ONDU 4"x 5" TRIFOCUS

    A special new camera in the range, a modular threefocus design with focal lengths of 40mm, 80mm and 120mm! Exposure chart and carry bag included. 4" x 5" film holder is not included.

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    MULTIFORMAT BUNDLE

    This bundle includes the following cameras at a slightly reduced price:
    ONDU 135 PANORAMIC
    ONDU 6x12 MULTIFORMAT
    ONDU 4" x 5" LARGE FORMAT

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    ONDU 8"x10" GIANT

    The biggest of the ONDU range! This is a Kickstarter special with 50 units available. It covers a field of view of 100°diagonally.

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    ULTIMATE BUNDLE - ALL ONDU's

    You receive all of the ONDU Pinhole cameras MK 2. All cameras except large formats will come in a collectible wooden box made of walnut! Together with that we will print your picture, frame it and hang it in our workshop, if you want that is!

    Exposure charts and carry bag included with every camera! The large format cameras do not come supplied with film holders.

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