These four rolls represent my first attempts at using the ONDU MK2 pinhole camera I received recently after backing on Kickstarter last year. On my blog (Wayward Camera) I will write up a full review in the future, but so far I am really excited by it. It is made of gorgeous wood with strong magnets to hold it together. The version I backed shoots 120 film in 6×6, 6×9, and 6×12 formats. I like the results I have been getting, although I have been struggling a bit with the shutter. Since the camera is made completely of wood, it has a tendency to expand and contract which means the shutter has to be adjusted before you load the film so that it will stay open, and return to the closed position with a minimum of fuss and camera shake. I think I am getting better at it, but in the meantime I think the results are slightly less sharp than they could be.
Roll 16 – Fujifilm Neopan ACROS 100 – 6×9 Format
This first roll had a steep learning curve (that could have probably been avoided by reading the instructions). I had a bit of a problem getting the tension right on the film as I advanced it, resulting in a loosely wound roll of film that wasn’t perfectly light tight when I took it out of the camera. I also ended up making an offset double exposure at the end of the roll. That aside, I really liked the result of stand developed ACROS in the pinhole.
Roll 17 – Kodak Ektar 100 – 6×12 Panoramic Format
For color film I usually shoot Portra, but I think Ektar works really well with this camera. The shadow in the upper right hand corner of the second shot is from the shutter slipping down mid exposure and casting a shadow on the pinhole. This panoramic format works really well in the pinhole camera, but the angle is very wide, so in future I will have to get right up close to the subjects of my landscapes.
Roll 18 – Kodak Portra 400 – 6×6 Format
I love Portra, but using 400 speed film in bright daylight meant very quick exposures, which actually results in a less sharp picture because you have to touch the camera for most of the exposure.
Roll 19 – ACROS 6×9 Again
For this last roll I used ACROS 100 again, and shot for a slight underexposure. This showed off a pretty significant vignette, which I think looks really nice.