Building a Beautiful Wooden Anamorphic Pinhole Camera
Some things are not made for digital (yet). This beautiful wooden anamorphic pinhole camera by instructables user Matt Bechberger is probably one of them. If not for the curved film plane than for the lacquer finished wood.
This wonderful device takes 120 film and then spins it around a cylinder. It is housing a mechanism that keep tension on the film so it stays at a circular form around the lens pinhole. This lead to the creation of an anamorphic image.
What is an anamorphic photo you ask? Matt explains:
“An anamorphic camera (or lens) is any device which creates a picture where the image is distorted in some manner. It is commonly used for filming widescreen movies, because without an optical adjustment there would be portions of the top and bottom of the frame that would be wasted by black bars. The lens stretches the image vertically so that it fills the film. When being projected, a complementary lens stretches the image horizontally so that the image returns to normal, and with higher quality than if this method had not been used.”#
While the image is not accurate in any form, it has a true analog magic.
Here is a quick, partial overview of how the camera is assembled:
Adding The Film Retention Spool
The Film Cartridge
[Build an Anamorphic Pinhole Camera | instructables]
P.S. Don’t like wood? How about cardboard?
P.P.S. Dont like cardboard? How about alluminum?
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.