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3D Printed Lens Cap

Inner Spring

Last week I ordered an Olympus 35 RC analogue film camera.  I paid a good price but unfortunately it didn’t come with a lens cap or case.  Fortunately for me I have the know-how and technology to design and make my own lens cap.

The image above shows the lens cap without the outer case on.  I designed the sprung locking mechanism so that it could use the resistance of the form and material to lock it into position.

This is the first revision of the lens cap and a few changes need to be made.  Stay tuned, I’ll add more pictures as I develop it further.

Let me know what you think and if there any design improvements I could make.

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Pincraft Photography Camera & Service

Pincraft Square

Pincraft Sketch

Remove the winders

Remove the winders

Apply the return sticker

Apply the return sticker



Pop it in the post

Pop it in the post

So this is the final form of my Pincraft Photography pinhole camera.  It’s certainly a case of form following function.  I’ve kept the graphical side of things to a minimum in the attempt to encourage the user to add their own artwork, be it that of a child or an artist.

This flat packed, easy-to-assemble, zero waste, fully functioning and pretty-darn-good-quality-pinhole-camera shoots 12 shots on to black & white 120 film.  The service concept behind the project is to provide a full service in which the film unit not only houses and exposes the film, but also provides the packaging solution to return the film for development.

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Houston, We Have Photographs

As promised, and a little late I know, my apologies…  Some pinhole photographs from Proto 2! (Ticker tape, klaxon horns, ‘splosions!!!)  These were shot on Fomapan 120 ISO 400.  I developed them at home and photographed them using my smartphone, ran them through Photoshop and inverted the image, BOOM.  I’m sure they could be clearer but I did the best with whats I gats.

Dome From Rave

The 02 Arena from the 9th floor


The 02 Arena from ground level

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Out And About With Proto 2

The second prototype functioned much better after the minute changes made from Proto 1.  The shots came out much better too as I gave a lot more exposure time and used 400 ISO film instead of 100.2015-01-21 12.40.50 The 3D printed tripod mount really improved stability and allowed me to angle the camera.  And I promise, once I get a half decent method of processing the negatives I will upload the photos for all to see.  Stay tuned!

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Previously, On Breaking Bad…

Yesterday I decided to take the bull by the horns and buy a home development kit for black and white film.  My Pinhole Moments project has developed into a hobby as well as a final year university project.

2015-01-19 15.50.56After researching developing black and white film at home I spoke with a few professionals and hobbyists, as well as YouTubing the heck out of it.  I thought, “yeah, I can do that” and went down to Silver Print in Elephant and Castle to look at the kits and chemicals.  They were very helpful and really friendly, I can’t recommend them enough!  I ended up buying the kit and chemicals and even developed my own 120 B&W film that very evening. (Results coming soon)

There is something beautiful and exciting about developing your own photos.  I did feel a bit like Jesse Pinkman mixing up the chemicals but that’s all part of the fun.

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3D Print Your Knob

That got your attention!  No, I’m talking about the knob on my pinhole camera.

2015-01-15 13.47.57I designed and 3D printed the spool adapter and winder for my Pinhole Moments camera.  The spool is a standard spool that you get with any 120 film.  I designed the winder so there is a force fit that is strong enough to lock into position but easy enough to remove without Hulk-smashing the cardboard pinhole camera upon removal.

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Fast Prototyping, Fast materials, Fast Learning

I used temporary methods that were adequate for the prototyping stages.

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Although the light chamber will have printed inner walls, I used a thick marker pen to black out the chamber.

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I plan to use transparent red acetate sheet for the shot number window.  Keen to test the camera and with plenty of post Christmas sweets lying around, I used some clear red wrapping from a Quality Street chocolate.

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