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Lomography Sharan DIY Paper Pinhole Camera

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Crafted in Japan, this is a do-it-yourself pinhole camera in a league of its own. First off, it uses the easy 35mm film & normal development that we all know and love. As with all things pinhole, you'll get dreamy soft focus images with straight wide-angle lines and endless depth of field. Its 20mm angle of view captures a fat & wide chunk of everything in front of the camera.

It's constructed of sturdy 1mm paper card, secured with rubber bands, and includes all the tape and fixins that you need. We clocked about 1 hour from unpacking to complete assembly. Not to mention, this little guy is cute as a button and unbelievably functional once it's all put together.

The science behind the magic
As you know, a pinhole camera has no lens. In its place is an extremely small aperture through which exterior light is projected onto sensitive film or paper. A lens functions by collecting the light rays outside, inverting them, and focusing them into a smaller image. A pinhole does not focus at all. It merely acts as a "center of projection" inverting the light rays without re-organizing them.

The size of the inverted image depends on the distance of the pinhole to the projection surface - a closer distance yields a smaller image and vice-versa. As the hole is not truly a point, it allows more than only one ray from the subject to register on the film. This imparts a characteristic "soft focus" effect.

Moreover, as the light is not altered, the pinhole has nearly unlimited depth of field, with reasonably close objects registering at the same sharpness as faraway objects. As the pinhole is so tiny, it yields a wide-angle focal view and reproduces true geometrical lines, unlike the usual curved effect of a wide-angle lens.

Using larger format film (ex. 120 vs. 35mm) will result in a wider field of vision. The field also widens as the distance of the film from the pinhole grows although the image will become less sharp as well.

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Key Features

  • It's breathtaking! Everything that you need is included in the package. The Sharan STD135's elegant hard-card curves are especially easy to setup, with an assembly time of around an hour. Get cracking!
  • Get it Together
  • We hear you out there. The demand for do-it-yourself pinhole kits has quickly risen to a thundering pitch, and we're scrambling to test and offer as many as we can. In the course of our travels, we happened upon this little beauty. Crafted in Japan, the STD-135 is in a league of its own
  • Fast DIY construction
  • Whether you've been taking photos for 20 days or 20 years, take it from me that nothing compares to the feeling of shooting with an instrument that you've builtwith your own hands.
  • 20mm Wide-Angle Pinhole View
  • All images shot with the Sharan have an ultra-wide 20mm field of vision. But as there's no lens there's no barrel or fisheye effect. Rather than curving at the edges, all of your photo's lines stay totally horizontal and correct for an awesome, dreamlike effect.
  • Partial Advance
  • The Sharan STD135 camera uses the most basic of internal mechanics. After you shoot, you have to manually advance to the next frame. This means that you can (1) shoot limitless multiple exposures on same frame or (2) advance only a partial frame to create overlapping exposures or insane panoramics whose length is only limited by the length of film
  • Slide Shutter
  • Pinhole exposures are quite long starting at about 2 seconds in full sunlight.For this reason, a simple slide shutter is used allowing you to set the cameradown, open the shutter, and then enjoy a coffee in the corner café while your camera is busy shooting.
  • Normal 35mm Film use & Development
  • That's right. Your camera shoots Plain-Jane 35mm film that can be developed anywhere for the usual asking price. Doesn't get much easier than that!
  • Size (assembled): 110mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.4")
  • Weight (assembled): 86grams (0.2lb)
  • Shutter: simple slide mechanism
  • Materials: black card, rubber bands, plastic mechanical parts

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