Shooting A Timelapse With A D4 And A 300 Microns PCB Pinhole

May 3, 2015

Udi Tirosh

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.

Shooting A Timelapse With A D4 And A 300 Microns PCB Pinhole

May 3, 2015

Udi Tirosh

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.

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Sometimes taking a good pinhole timelapse just means going over the top with the gear used both for the actual shooting and creating the (pin)hole. Such was the case for Alexy Frangieh who used a Nikon D4 to record a pinhole timelapse.

Alexy also used state of the art PCB milling machine to create a 0.3mm (or 300 microns) wide hole.

To use the hole, Alexy “denikonized” a cheap body cap, creating a groove and a hole for the a CNCed and drilled PCB to go in.

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He then used a fine 0.3mm drill from the PCB milling station to drill a hole right in the middle of a PCB which would fit over the groove.

The power of drilling a hole with such a device is that you get a very fine and round hole, perfect for pinhole exposures.

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But, even such a fine process did not go without some trial and error. The initial PCB board Alexy used was 1.3mm thick which caused some vignetting, and so Alexy switched to a 0.5 thick PCB which did the job.

Here is the dangerously-close-to-water setup used to capture the video

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To read more about the process and see some more sample photos please visit Alexy’s blog.

P.S. if you want to do a similar project and want to figure out exposure, you can use this calculator which Alexy used too.

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3 responses to “Shooting A Timelapse With A D4 And A 300 Microns PCB Pinhole”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    The resulting images are nothing to write home about. He’d probably have gotten better results by merely sticking a pin through a piece of aluminum foil.

    1. Azety Avatar
      Azety

      So true

  2. Chef Mike Avatar
    Chef Mike

    Who the fuck can buy a $6000 camera to shoot through a pinhole lens just for shits and giggles? Why don’t you write about the new Leica and all the fun shit you can do with it?