PinBox by Hamm Camera Company: A DIY Pinhole Camera
PinBox is a DIY pinhole camera kit designed to teach you how to build cameras by building PinBox.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 5 2018 7:39 PM UTC +00:00.
PinBox in 52 words.
PinBox is a 120 format 6x6 film camera built around a simple prototyping platform. We designed PinBox with the DIY community in mind. Our goal is to provide a great pinhole camera that teaches the fundamentals of pinhole camera design and teaches you how to make your own cameras by making ours!
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PinBox is Hamm Camera Company's second Camera! We are excited to have successfully funded NuBox 1: A Modern modular Box camera on KickStarter and are thrilled to bring PinBox to you today!
View our NuBox 1 Campaign Here:The Box Is Back!
We created PinBox to provide you with a great pinhole camera and teach YOU how to design your own pinhole cameras. This is part of Hamm Camera Company's support to the Maker and DIY communities. As such, we went a little overboard, but you know... can't keep a good idea down :)
Our unique design changes the playing field of conventional cardboard pinhole camera. Our approach is to create a camera from cardboard that you can rapidly iterate. Want to double your focal length? Go for it. PinBox supports this kind of design change by the end user because building a PinBox teaches the basics of pinhole camera design.
We do several things differently:
- We designed a real camera, and provide you with the means of making your own (through the instructions and Lay out PDF), for less than $30 USD. This is awesome as other cameras in the cardboard pinhole camera category start at $40... making PinBox a great value.
- We use the film rolls as structural elements of the camera. The number 1 problem Rob experienced when researching pinhole cameras was over engineering to make a strong design. Cardboard pinhole cameras are generally very bulky or very flimsy. There wasn't a good middle ground until PinBox. This is made possible because of the way we engineered the film spools to add strength to the camera.
- We include precision apertures for great image quality as well as 3D printed hardware for the spool holders and winding knobs. This is important to maintain usability over the lifetime of the cardboard and allows for easy transfer of hardware form one PinBox to another.
- We include a digital PDF with layout and instructions on A4 sized paper so that you can experiment and change the design to suit your needs. PinBox is the serious cardboard camera to truly service the DIY community by providing each backer with a complete kit AND the necessary "blueprint" to precisely make additional cameras. You can reuse the aperture that came with your original PinBox camera OR salvage the aperture and use it in another PinBox Camera should your first camera ever become damaged.
- 120 format film
- 6 cm by 6 cm square image
- 12 images per roll
- An Aperture value of f/120 or f/200. Your choice. We have a whole range of apertures to choose form in the backer survey, however, for beginners we suggest one of the above.
- Focal distance of 30mm
When Will PinBox Ship?
PinBox will begin shipping around the end of August 2018 timeline!
PinBox does not ship in a flat envelope. The winding keys are pretty bumpy, and thus, must ship under USPS Rigid Package Rules. US Shipping is $7 - International Shipping is $14.
How Do I develop film from PinBox?
PinBox is an analog film camera. We suggest getting all of your film and development materials from the Film Photography Project.
Rob, designer of PinBox, specifically loves the C-41 development kit from the Film Photography Project. Thanks to Mike Raso for making this color chemistry development kit available to the community. Back story- it was almost impossible to get color chemicals at a reasonable price in the USA before the FPP started providing them. Black and white has always been pretty easy to come by. So, if you want to back the people that have been backing film photography for years, the FPP is a great place to start. Find them here: https://filmphotographyproject.com/
How do I digitize my film?
Once you've developed your film, it's time to digitize it so you can show it to the world. You will need a scanner of some sort, but not just any scanner will work. You will need a film scanner. We suggest the pixl-latr by Hamish Gill.
Pixl-Latr is the new low cost, simple but effective way to digitize 35mm, 120 (up to 6x12) and 5x4 film formats.
What Color Options are There?
All the pictures you see of PinBox are the brown cardboard color. This is because the design team is still working on colors and finishes. There will be several color options such as red, blue, yellow, and grey (maybe more) available during the backer survey. Each PinBox will have the PinBox Logo on it and an exposure table on the back of the camera.
I want extra apertures. How do I get them?
Precise apertures are very important to pinhole photography. Our apertures are precision made acid etched metal on vinyl disks (the disk is for mounting ease). Extras will be available as add-ons on the backer survey. They will start at about 6 dollars each and be available in assortment packages at a discount.
What's in the kit?
PinBox ships with a complete assembly as seen in the above pictures. The external color option will be determined by you in our backer survey but the inside will always be black! You will also receive one precision pinhole aperture per kit, and a set of four winding keys (two flat and two raised).
The aperture and winding keys are reusable should you ever need to remake PinBox.
You will also receive a blueprint for creating additional PinBoxes. There will be some additional options, such as exterior cover wraps that change the look of PinBox as well as the ability to purchase additional apertures. These final options will be ready in the backer survey.
The film community is a rich melting pot of great minds and creative visions. We at Hamm Camera Company are truly blessed and appreciative for our friends, backers, and colleagues.
We would like to send special thanks to Andre Domingues, EM from EMULSIVE, Hamish Gill, SolarCan Sam, Steve, Kosmo Steve, Michael Raso, Mike Gutterman, Vickie, Chris Gampat, The Beautiful people at Mint Camera (Gary, Jo, Tracy), Anne Holland, and Anthony Jones. You all have been an inspiration and a great joy to know.
PinBox is dedicated to my Father, Bill.
Risks and challenges
Hamm Camera Company is please to bring PinBox to life as our second camera campaign on Kickstarter. Our first camera, NuBox 1, was successfully funded on February 14th, 2018.
PinBox is already tested and working. The only thing we are working on right now is the instruction manual and alternative color choices. We own the equipment to produce the PinBox cut-outs and have two suppliers for pinhole apertures. Because of this we are excited to say we expect PinBox to begin shipping in late August 2018!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter