After my initial experience with the Ondu 35mm pano pinhole camera led to me mistakenly shooting standard 35mm format I wanted to do what the camera was designed for…panoramas.
Shooting panoramic format is effectively the same as shooting standard 35mm frames. When loading the camera you remove the “Blinds” which normally delineate the standard frame. I put these in a small baggie and keep them in my camera bag for fear of them being lost. You then, need to ensure you make the correct number of turns to ensure no overlap of the frames. Regarding the number of turns, I suspect the instructions Ondu provides are a little conservative and you could reduce the number of turns, particularly for later frames, but I don’t have enough experience to make a recommendation as yet.
So, as you can see, the panoramic format is really nice, and comes with some vignetting which is typical of many pinhole cameras and which I personally believe add to the resulting image. These shots were taken on the North Norfolk Coast at Salthouse. This part of the coast was protected by a shingle (pebble) bank. I say was as in the storm surge at the end of 2013 the shingle bank was breached and effectively flattened by the sea, leading to the salt marshes and part of the village to be flooded. A local group of photographers has recently auctioned some shots to raise money for the flood appeal, more details here.
I’m pretty happy with the results of these shots! notwithstanding my usual challenges “Seeing” in black and white (I suck at that). For those who are interested, these were shot on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and developed in Rodinal (R09) 1:100 semi-stand.
The eagled eyed among you will notice the negatives are scratched. I’m not massively surprised by this and actually am really kicking myself for not doing what I usually do with all wooden cameras. As you’ll see in the shots below, I have now taped the internals of the camera with black insulating (electricians) tape, and I’d recommend you do the same. When loading you should then wipe each taped area down to remove any possible grit, even the tiniest piece can cause a scratch. You need to tape anywhere the film might drag when it is being wound on. Finally, when loading the camera be very careful to try and remove any grit from the felt of the reusable film can. The reason for this is that, again, any grit can scratch the film. Don’t use your fingers for this as you don’t want things to get greasy.
So, there ends today’s Ondu update, I’m still really enjoying using this camera and will post more images as I make them.
EDIT: I’ve since been contacted by Ondu (who are great guys) who’ve let me know that all cameras are now taped so this might only be something you need to think about with the first generation of cameras.