Saturday, February 19, 2011

altoids tin pinhole camera.

sprayed the inside of the tin with black paint.
cut a slit on either end for the film to thread through.
drilled a 1/8" hole in the center of the lid.
poked a tiny hole with the smallest needle i could find in a piece of aluminum can.
taped the can piece with the pinhole over the 1/8" hole.
with black duct tape i taped the jagged slits to fit the 35mm film closely.
fastened a nearly empty 35mm roll to one side.
the film you see is the 4 inches i left on the roll, this is used to attach the the end of the fresh roll.
i attached a winder (taken from the disposable camera seen) to the empty roll.
when the film is attached to the 4 inch end and wound, the film is pulled through the camera and into the empty roll keeping everything light tight.
new roll (left) taped to empty roll.
finished camera with sliding shutter (top) and tripod mount taken from an old camera (bottom, underneath).
all edges and openings taped with black tape to keep the light out.

i guess i'll let ya know how the photos turn out!

made this with these instructions.


  1. This is genius. I'm curious how it worked out, I'm thinking of using your method--seems much more effective than having to cut off pieces of film in complete darkness, attach them via magnets to the inside of the pinhole camera, and then process the scraps.

  2. Hey,

    This method works great. You lose a bit of the film feeding it through, but not much more than you would in a regular film camera.

    One thing to keep in mind is working out how many turns of the winder you need to turn to get a completely unexposed strip of film. I had some instances of overlapping images.

    For developing the roll, I simply wound back the original film roll and brought it to get developed. I asked them to leave the negatives uncut and scanned them myself.