120 Matchbox Pinhole Project – Part 1

by John Neel

Matchbox -  John Neel

Matchbox – John Neel

 

One of my to-do projects for the WPPD 2012 was to build a working 120 pinhole camera from a large kitchen matchbox.

Although I had built smaller 35mm pinhole cameras from regular matchboxes, I had never built one with this size matchbox before. So at the time, it was to be a work in progress.

Find out more about WPPD here –  Are You Ready? The next pinhole day is April 27, 2014 

The only thing I knew at that point was that that a large size matchbox has the same height dimension as a roll of 120 film. I also realized that 120 film which does not have a cassette, would require a much more robust system to make it function in this setup.

Materials used in the original 120 Matchbox Pinhole Camera.

Materials used in the original 120 Matchbox Pinhole Camera.

Now all I needed to do was make a chamber that would be light tight, add the pinhole, a shutter and create a way to advance the film to a new frame! I was pretty sure it would require some improvisation, a bit of luck and plenty of ingenuity to make it work.

This time around, I may alter a few things as I build another one for the next WPPD, which will be on April 27, 2014. I am sure that the results will be fun and with any luck, it will work as planned

Here is my original list of materials:

  • Glue stick and/or glue
  • Thin cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Empty aluminum beverage can
  • Empty 120 film spool
  • Black plastic or photographic tape
  • Needle from a sewing kit or sewing needle
  • Black construction paper
  • Roll of 120 film
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper clip
  • Book Board or Foamcore
  • Piece of black felt
  • Pencil
  • Self adhesive Velcro Strips
  • Fine point craft knife

At the end of the construction, I will post the results with detailed instructions on how to make one yourself.

This should be fun!

If you decide to tag along, I would encourage some innovative customization and tweaking to make your design a bit more personal. The whole idea is to have fun and take photographs with a camera that you build yourself and end up with a camera that will hopefully make some nice pinhole photographs.

Watch my posts for the results!

Have FUN!

 

This is a poster that I created for the WPPD event.

This is a poster that I created for the WPPD event.

 

Links:

Are You Ready? The next pinhole day is April 27, 2014

Get a 2014 WPPD poster here: 2014 Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – Promo Posters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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