Over the past few years I have been commissioned to design and handcraft several large format cut film pinhole cameras in 4x5, 5x7, 4x10 and 8x10 formats with different focal lengths to suit client requirements. As a result, I have become fascinated with pinhole photography and this has provided me with a logical and technical extension for my box making.
I use a shock cord system for holding the film carrier, with the shock chords integrated into the camera body. The shock cords are easily replaced by unscrewing the plate on the side of the camera. The great advantage of this system is that you don't lose the shock cords in the field. A leather carry handle can also be attached to the shock cord plate.
The cameras are fitted with high quality cobalt-drilled pinhole aperture plates sized to optimise the focal length of the camera and produce sharper image resolutions. A filter ring can also be mounted behind the pinhole for a UV filter and provides good dust protection for the pinhole. Shutters and film carrier surface are flock lined for smooth operation and to ensure the camera is light tight.
All cameras are built to a high standard with dovetailed, mitred, spline mitred or rebated joints for strength and durability and finished in hard wearing lacquer. Timbers used in construction vary depending on client requirements and availability.