View Full Version : matchbox (copy) 1st role

01-30-2006, 06:36 PM
hello all,
i would like to thank alspix for the idea on the matchbox pinhole. my creativity in building PH is lacking, so i apprieciate all the ideas.
after shooting 1 roll i found out i needed to be a bit more liberial with the black tape. it was basically ruined by light leaks. after a new roll and extra tape i set out again. i need to make a smaller PH. i like em a bit sharper. i just guessed on the hole size, i used a sharped hook cause i had no needles.
my biggest problem was from PH shake do to me removing the black tape shutter. maybe my tape is too stickey, but it was difficult to keep the matchbox steedy on tape removal. the tape also curved the matchbox when i took off the tape, so that may have also added to the unsharpness.
anyhow here is a series from the first roll.
it was 400 kodak with most outside shots between 6-15 sec. and the one indoor shot at 35 sec (see the "interiors" gallery thread)
maybe f 90
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01-30-2006, 06:37 PM

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01-30-2006, 06:37 PM

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01-30-2006, 06:39 PM
the office

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01-30-2006, 06:39 PM
harley gas tank stand

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01-30-2006, 07:17 PM
I just built a matchbox camera also. What I did was remove the tape shutter and replace it with my finger when I was ready to shoot. As I placed the camera and let go, the exposure started, to end it just pick up the camera with my finger over the pinhole. Then replace the tape.

My problem was removing the film, the matchbox didn't survive the process. :'(

01-30-2006, 08:00 PM
Im building one too! right now!

any useful tips?

01-30-2006, 09:21 PM
changing film was difficulty. after you build it you should wrap tape around it and then tape the canisters in place. if you do not tape it first the tape tears up the box.
i also tried the finger method, but it still had a bit of wobble and it made winding it a bit more difficult. with the tape in place i just spin the matchbox around the nub i am holding.

01-31-2006, 06:00 AM
I'd say you got some pretty good results there! Because this camera is about f90 my preference is actually for a slow film, for outdoor conditions at least. With ISO100 you have a bit longer exposures so more time to faff around with the shutter.

The exposure times are probably too short to use a tape shutter. With mine I've built a sliding card shutter. I can't access my flickr site at work (network security here have blocked flickr! Boo! Hiss!) but if you go to my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/alspix/ and look in the "Pinhole" set there's a picture of a couple of similar cameras to the matchbox one, with sliding card shutters, hopefully this will give you an idea of what I did. I placed some black tape on the reverse of the shutter card- this makes it slide easily and hopefully cust down any light reflections.

I did play around with a shutter release cable, I'm sure it would be possible to use one to push the card out of the way, but perhaps that's getting a bit too technical and getting too far away from the match box simplicity