Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/07

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Subject: [Leica] Re: what's the point of a leica pinhole???
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 12:37:10 EDT

The main point for me is that the pinhole is a lot of fun to use! Last time I 
checked that was the reason that I enjoy photography in general. 

The best prices that I have seen for the bodycaps are at Calumet. Depending 
on the camera they range in price from $30 - $50. The Leica M is $45

Here is the Calumet site for all pinhole body caps;



And for the Leica M;



Look at it another way in that a pinhole for the M is likely the cheapest 
lens that you will find new or used for this camera.

BTW I have come to think of my pinhole bodycap as the anti-Noctilux. It does 
not suck in photons, it repels them. 

I can testify that it has a quite wide field of view. I put my 24mm finder on 
the camera and just guess from that.

I just built my first pinhole camera from scratch. I consists of a Polaroid 
545 4x5 film holder, a large cigar box lined with black flocking paper, a 
f/160 pinhole and a plywood shutter. My plan is to use Polaroid pos/neg film 
to get large negatives to print with a Saunders 4550 II enlarger.
Down the road I will be using a pinhole camera that takes 8x10 negatives and 
then doing contact prints with them.

Zack Schindler