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    Film Canister Cameras First Light

    I recently built a set of nine small pinhole cameras from black film canisters, with which I intend on using Harman Direct Positive paper, in a format size of 1.75" square. Here's an example image from the first test batch.


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    And here's a blog article about this camera project, which includes several videos.

    ~Joe

    http://pinholeobscura.blogspot.com/2...a-project.html
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    I like it Joe. Both the image, and the zombie comment.

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    I thought the site a was all done 'n dusted . Looking for some info on doing some mods on a Petzal lens stumbled on the old f295

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    Jo how do you like the Harman/ Ilford paper ?

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    I love this paper, just wish they also made it in an RC paper, as that would open the possibility of a portable darkroom street portrait project ... The fiber paper requires an extensive rinse and takes some time to dry, not conducive for making quick portraits in public; whereas an RC version would only take a few minutes to rinse and squeegee dry after processing.

    I do have a camera minutera I built last year, but it uses paper negatives and I have to rephotograph the negative to get a positive print. I'm using RC paper for both steps, but it requires processing paper twice, once for the negative and again for the print. I can hardly do the whole process in less than 15 minutes. With an RC version of direct positive paper it would take less than 10 minutes to get a finished print.

    ~Joe
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    That's interesting I have been thinking about making a minutera/afghan-box-camera . Regarding the non RC Harman paper , another new brand that has some good speed is Galaxy positive direct, just one problem with it it isn't direct positive needs two developers and a very toxic bleach.

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    I like that "mini" format. I haven't tried the paper but this peeks my curiosity. Now to see if I have any black canisters......
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    "mini" format. just finished my copy of the Wolcott camera has an image size 0f 40mm sq

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    Another from the film canister pinhole cameras, Harman Direct Positive paper. The subject is a recently built outdoor eatery mall comprised of re-purposed metal shipping containers, in Albuquerque, called Green Jeans Market.

    ~Joe

    "There was just that moment and now there's this moment and in between there is nothing. Photography, in a way, is the negation of chronology."-Geoff Dyer, "The Ongoing Moment"
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