Woodworker Elvis Halilović has been making lensless pinhole cameras for over seven years through his brand ONDU, who recently unveiled a series of pinhole cameras made from wood and held together in part by strong magnets.
A pinhole camera uses a pin-sized hole to produce an image with no lenses involved. The images produced create effects that other lens-based camera cannot achieve because of the camera's high aperture, which is the hole or an opening through which light travels.
Halilović makes all the wooden parts of the cameras, but some parts, like the actual pinhole, require precise CNC machining. The wood from which the cameras are made must be carpentry-quality, with no defects and a suitable moisture content to minimize the movement of the wood. For these reasons, and in order for the camera to be financially feasible, Halilović must order the parts in bulk. To aid in the production of these unique cameras, Halilović and ONDU have started a campaign on the website Kickstarter, which provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding.
The lensless film cameras are completely manual, relying on direct exposure of light to film. The cameras come in six different dimensions and film sizes, from the Leica 135 format to a 4″ x 5″ film holder camera.
Halilović says that over time he has constructed and used about 40 pinhole cameras extensively. The largest images produced measured up to 3 x 4 meters while the smallest could fit inside a person's mouth.
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