The Holga 6x12 Pinhole that I acquired a few months back turned out to consistently have more light leaks than I could seem to manage with gaffer tape. Even with the entire back cover seams taped well, I would still get light lights on more than half of the negatives. For what I paid for it, the camera took a dirt nap in the kitchen garbage can. My own human errors I can tolerate and learn from, but equipment errors I have no patience for. I replaced it with a much more expensive, Zero Image 6x9 Pinhole
Instead of the manufacturers small round bubble level, I added a rectangular one, identical to what I put on the Harman Titan 4x5. The problem with circular bubble levels is that when you tip the camera forward, it is hard to tell if you are level, as the bubble leaves the confines of the small circle. I also added a hot shoe acquired from Ebay to use my viewfinder from the Harman Titan, to make composition a much simpler matter than guessing, as many pinholers do.
At any rate, this is the second roll I have run through her and I am pleased. The camera has moveable inserts such that you can shoot 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, and 6x9. I will likely use 6x6 and 6x7 (like my old Mamiya 7II) most often. The images are quite a bit softer than the Harman Titan 4x5, but can easily be enhanced during post processing in Photoshop. The advantage of this camera over the Harman Titan will be in travel, as it means I don’t have to take 25 film holders in carry on luggage, as it shoots roll film like the Hasselblad and Rolleicord.
Pinhole cameras provide for a very unique emotional experience when making art. You are freed from F stops (F/235 is it) a lens, or any other controls, other than determining the proper exposure time and adding in Reciprocity Failure for exposures of one second and longer. For example, using my meter, I found that this scene would require 1/4 second at F/11. Using my Pinhole calculator ( a lovely circular wooden one) I see the exposure witll be 30 seconds at F/235. I keep a reciprocity table taped to the back of the pinhole exposure wheel and next discovered that due to reciprocity failure, the true exposure will be two minutes and thirty five seconds, using 400 ASA film. If you used 100 ASA film, you would have time to read a number of chapters in a book by the time your exposure would be done. I am in my fourth year of working with pinhole cameras and have fallen in love with the dreamy images they make.
“I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.”
― Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell