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    DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    I've been wanting to get an 8x10 pinhole camera for some time. I recently stopped in Goodwill and found an old filebox that looked like it would be the right size.

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    I drilled out and removed the lock. I cut the top off and removed the hinge.

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    I painted the inside flat black.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    I attached the top to the body using rivets.

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    I used aluminum to make the film holder.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    I added tripod sockets.

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    I made mounts for the handle that originally was on the top of the box.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    I cut the hole for the film and drilled holes for the bolts that hold the rubber bands to keep the film holder in place.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    I used bondo to make the camera light tight and smooth out the body.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    Next was a coat of primer.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    Here are the final pictures. I used a combination of a textured paint followed by a coat of blue enamel. I'm going to use a small magnet for the shutter.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    The camera ended up having a focal length 184mm with an aperture of 322. I haven't had a chance to shoot with it yet but I'm looking forward to taking it out soon. The total cost was around $45.

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    Great design, very simple.

    I was thinking all night about a large box camera.

    Box is the easiest to make.

    Thanks for posting all the pics!
    2022

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    Re: DIY 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    OK but did the cat come free or did you have to pay extra?

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