Panoramix – A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

One of the nice things about releasing a project to the world is the fact that it can tranform, and et enhanced by the community. Here is how humble Paul Eliasberg describes his project:

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

This tutorial is nothing more than showing you my way of putting an extra frame into a standard Dippold pinhole camera. There may be other ways, but this works for me. If you haven’t made a Dippold camera before, please do so first. You can find the template and instructions here.

For the panoramic one, first print out the template

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Then, cut out the all the three main parts: the back, the front and the mask:

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

These three parts need to be widened, except for the front cover. Remember, we’re only adjusting the TEMPLATE at the moment; when we’re done, all will be reassembled, stuck onto cardboard and all will be cut out as one piece. So for now, cut off the front cover:

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Draw a line at the exact centre of the main body and cut it in half. On a separate sheet of paper, draw two parallel lines 36mm apart (the width of a 35mm frame) and stick both halves back on again using the lines as guides. You can now also reattach the front cove

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Repeat the same procedure for the other two parts that need to be extended

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

So… now you’ve got the three adjusted main parts on normal paper

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Now, stick them on cardboard (preferrably black)

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

I know, this is white, but… the reverse (the inside) is black!

Cut everything out and remove all the holes. As this is a wide-angle pinhole camera I thought it would be better to make the front hole where the pinhole goes slightly oblong, to prevent vignetting. Don’t know whether it would be strictly necessary, but better safe than sorry.

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

I removed the template from the cardboard trying to keep it nice and tidy, but it turned out I had it glued a bit too securely and removed the top layer of the cardboard. Doesn’t matter, but it’s something to watch out for.

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Now, assemble like you do with the normal Dippold. There is one other adjustment I made though: I changed the movement of the shutter from vertical to horizontal

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Glue two bits of cardboard above and below the window. Cut out something similar to below, making it to fit the above flap. Attach a bit of tape to both ends

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

And you’re done! The shutter construction will feel a bit wobbly when you’re putting it all together, but the two rubber bands make it all come together.

With

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Here are some of the photographs captured with the Panoramix

 

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

Panoramix - A Panoramic Hack Of The Wonderful Dippold Pinhole Camera

About The Author

Paul Eliasberg Freelance web developer, graphic designer and photographer based in Armagh, Ireland. You can see his portfolio on his site, and follow his flickr here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emilio.pathology Emīls Gersinškis-Ješinskis

    Where i can download the templete ?

  • Sook Nee

    How should I print the template? I was printing few and all the size is not can’t really fit the film…