Believe it or not, quite a number of people still use analog cameras. Whether it be for the nostalgia or the thrill of knowing the number of shots you have are finite, analog cameras still have a place in this digital, selfie-taking world.
What is a Pinhole Camera?
A pinhole camera is a type of analog camera which has a tiny pinhole instead of a traditional lens. Light passes through the pinhole, projecting an inverted image as a lens would on the opposite end of the box. The image is then captured onto a roll of film, where it needs to be developed old school-style and turned into a photograph.
Ondu Mark III
The guys and girls at Ondu have made a name for themselves in the pinhole camera industry. With previous successful Kickstarter projects, it was only a matter of time before they introduced the Mark III version of their trademark cameras to the public.
The Ondu Mark III cameras have a couple of new features this time around…
For starters, the new cameras now feature CNC-milled steel or aluminum parts to reduce wear and tear on the more fragile materials. Most of the Ondu Mark III cameras are still made from the traditional handcrafted wood materials, but the newly designed parts aim to increase the longevity of the products.
The Ondu Rise
Speaking of new cameras, Ondu has also come up with the Ondu Rise, cameras with three pinholes at the center which lets you switch between them. This helps measure images using the rule of thirds without having to adjust the camera angle. Each pinhole has its own shutter system and, just as with all Mark III cameras, the Rise also has the milled CNC parts as well as the red window shutter and snap on filters (more on those in a while).
120 film cameras now have a red window shutter on the backplate which makes it possible for photographers to use 135 film rolls. This is a godsend for hipsters who love using different types of film on a single camera and hope they will work. The red window shutter has the same shutter system as the front shutter and it’s also big enough to see the frame number when taking photos.
What’s the best part of these new Mark III cameras? The filters. To whet the appetite of every #instafreak and photographer out there, Ondu has incorporated hidden magnets around the camera’s pinhole which allow you to snap on a number of IR film, ND, and color filters. Ondu doesn’t sell filters for their cameras so you’ll have to buy them from somewhere else, but at least the compatibility is there.
All of the Mark III cameras come with carrying loops for straps, engraving lines, and are made from ash and walnut wood (save for the Rise which is composed solely of walnut) for a cool factor you just can’t get with other camera designs. The Kickstarter campaign for the Ondu Mark III cameras has already exceeded its low goal of $20,000 (already passing $50,000), so be sure to check out the Kickstarter page to learn more about them and their cameras.