So I made me a little pinhole camera…sort-of. I got a little bit of hair up to actually try this. I always thought it would be cool.
I made my camera a pinhole by finding an old body cap and putting a hole into it. I decided to make the hole by heating a needle up with a lighter, then poking it through. It left some microstrands of plastic across the opening though. I heated it up and ran it through again. Visually, it looks to be pretty perfectly centered, but the image is pretty off center. I cropped these to get it. I think that the aperture is not so much off-center as it is angled.
I also think that the aperture may be a touch large. I could actually see through it when it’s on the camera, just barely. So these may not be as sharp as ones from a smaller pinhole. Then again it’s a pinhole.
As for focal length, it seems a touch long. I’d like to try this again, making a pinhole for my 4X5. I bet I could get a 75mm focal length on that and have a real wide angle. Or, I could set it anywhere on the rail. Of course, doing this on my D70 does have some advantages. The short distance between the film plane and the cap makes it so that there’s no fall-off. Plus, no compensation is necessary for reciprocity failure. Still, I’d like to do this again soon on film. I just don’t have the money to process it if I do shoot that way right now.