Good ideas wanted!

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  1. mennellrm

    mennellrm New Member

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    I would like to try making a pinhole lens for my camera to take advantage of the increased depth of field that you really need for good model photography. I thought about getting an old manual lens for my camera but the old manual ones won't fit on the electronic camera body I am using (minolta) so I can't use that idea. Another thought was to buy an older camera with detachable lense to play with. Another idea was to bite the bullet and buy a Fricko pinhole lens but the price makes me hesitate.
    Have any of you rabid photographers out there tried this? What were the results? What would you suggest?
    I have a couple of mag. articles on pinhole building but would sure appreciate any advice you can give before I get in too deep.
    Ralph


  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Sounds like an interesting idea Ralph. Have you experimented with the depth of field on your digi-cam yet? I do a lot of shots with the auto setting, but when I really need D.O.F. I go to manual and set the aperture as small as possible.

    Val
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    mennellrm New Member

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    Val
    I use the digital cam a lot. The smallest aperture on it is f8 so I don't really have a great DOF. The Minolta goes to f22. I have also used a 3x teleconverter which helps but isn't the real answer.
    I keep hoping that someone will have some experience to share about pinhole lenses but it seems that not many have tried it.
    Ralph
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    mennellrm New Member

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    Val
    I use the digital cam a lot. The smallest aperture on it is f8 so I don't really have a great DOF. The Minolta goes to f22. I have also used a 3x teleconverter which helps but isn't the real answer.
    I keep hoping that someone will have some experience to share about pinhole lenses but it seems that not many have tried it.
    Ralph
  5. JBBVry

    JBBVry Member

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    I tryed a pinhole lens on my 35mm one time i didn't like it, the photos were not all that much better than the ones useing the other lens i had used for the photos i make and post here i use a Sony FD Mavica it is old and not all that good any more but it still works "somtimes " and i get some good photos to post here. I am looking at a new HP at wal mart for about 120 that sould make some nice pics also.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    You might want to look for Bob Boudreau's Fundy Northern website. He takes some really great pictures with a pin-hole camera (and his models aren't bad either...!). I am afraid that the URL escapes me right now, but google should find him for you. he has recently moved to digital, so may have some insights for you.

    Andrew
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    RailRon Active Member

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    Here is Bob's homepage .

    He has even special pages listing up hints and tip for photography. An excellent website!

    Ron
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Thanks for the URL Ron!

    Andrew
  9. Iron Goat

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    Ralph,

    This link might be worth a look-see, as far as photo quality goes, I cannot say whether it would yield acceptible results or not (however, I have seen surprising results from a homemade pin-hole camera made from a Morton Salt "box").

    Hope you find a solution with one of your options......

    Bob


    http://www.camerahacker.com/EOS_Pin-Hole_Lens/