View Full Version : Hello PinHowell!

04-20-2005, 12:49 AM
Or the BellHole? It was a basic mechanical P&S. I removed the 28mm lens and the shutter, flocked the interior a bit and fashioned a washer out of foamies to help reduce light leaks. The pinhole is 0.220mm from Wm. Christiansen; at 28mm that's it around f/127. I taped it to the lens flange with gaffer's tape. It's easy to use because the film advance doesn't rely on the shutter, just the shutter button.

This model doesn't have a tripod socket, and the nut I glued on kept coming off, so it's time to drill a hole for one. Today I found a very similar camera, branded Vivitar but with an identical shutter and lens assembly; it has a tripod socket and a switchable panoramic mask :D Just in time for WWPD! Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/pinhowell_1241.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/pinhowell_1241.jpg)

04-20-2005, 08:20 AM
There seems to be an endless supply of them available at the local Goodwill thrift for around a buck or two each and I've converted several to pinhole myself. Not all of them have the exact same shutter mechanism but they're similar enough to figure out. Mrs.ElrodCod uses an intact Bell & Howell that takes pretty good snapshots with ISO200 film. I've run across a couple of cameras that were made to resemble SLR's & even had a bit of heft to them. When I got into them I discovered that the "heft" was in the form of a couple of chunks of scrap iron hot glued inside the body. Those Chinese are a clever lot but I wonder who they think they're kidding?

Tom Persinger
04-20-2005, 09:58 AM
i love that it says "Focus Free" on the front!
what could be more "focus free" than a pinhole camera!


04-23-2005, 02:50 PM
What type of glue did you try for the tripod nut? A 5 minute epoxy might work well. Nice camera!