Pinhole photography has long held a vintage and DIY aesthetic, discounted by many perhaps because of the breakthroughs in optics since its creation. But there is still room for this simple, elegant implementation in contemporary photography. The pinhole lens embodies a foundational concept in photography- the camera obscura. The images it produces are distinct, and unique in nature. With so many options on the market, as well as the ability for anyone to build their own, why do we not see more of this photography in practice?
What’s missing is an innovation in technology to bring the user experience of modern digital cameras to this centuries old technique. Thingyfy Pinhole Pro makes a simple, small change- multiple pinholes, but that change allows for real-time experimentation and manipulation that just doesn't exist in any other model. The unique properties of pinhole photography need to be exposed and played with. New uses discovered. With the products currently available on the market, all one can do is demo the principal at hand.
The aim for the Pinhole Pro is to make an aggressive attempt at re-introducing the viability and opportunity this lens affords to the professional and hobbyist photographers.
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This project stems from a single question: Can you create a consumer electronic product that highlights the technical components rather than hiding them? Similar to the old CRT iMac’s I wanted to focus on designing an object that uses the technology as a design element rather than something to mask through form.
Through the use of translucent material the intricacies of the printed circuit board can be showcased to create a unique technical aesthetic. PCB’s are traditionally hidden from the user creating a disconnect with the operation of the product and the technical mechanics. Could this thinking be applied to a mass produced piece of electronics and still fit into a contemporary living space?
- Learn about camera obscura, photography fundamentals, light travel
- Shoot digital or analogue still photos. get sharp, long exposures using the smallest pinholes being offered in the market
- Shoot video. With medium to high ISO shoot at 30 or 60 FPS using the selection of large video pinholes
- Shoot TimeLapse - authentic, long exposure time-lapse with durational motion blur
- Focal Length: 50mm
- Pinhole Sizes: 0.1mm, 0.15mm, 0.2mm, 0.25mm,0.3mm, 0.35mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm
- Lens Mount: Canon EOS/EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3 (MFT), Pentax K
- Threads: 58mm
- Front Diameter: 68.5mm
- Total Depth (Including Front and Back Lens Caps): 50mm
- Body: Anodized Aluminum Alloy
Nikon D750 + Pinhole Pro
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