Today I worked on finishing up a cigar box pinhole camera that I started working on a few weeks ago.
The box is very nicely finished and has a cool sliding top!
It's made by the "My Father Cigars" from Nicaragua and according to the box the cigars are totally made by hand..but aren't they all?
I'm not a cigar smoker, but I do appreciate the boxes they come in and often prowl cigar stores looking for cool boxes to convert into pinhole cameras. You can often find a really nice wooden box for a buck or two depending on the box and how much the guy behind the counter wants for it.
There's a nice cigar store in my area where the owner knows what kind of boxes I like and puts them aside for me. He thinks it's pretty cool that the boxes have another life as something else. I do too!
This box was on that popular auction site and I only paid 2 dollars for it. Shipping was 4 dollars so I've got 6 bucks invested. Not bad for a finger joined box that would have taken me half a day to build!
The box is perfectly sized for a 4 x 5 sheet of photo paper or film to lay inside and with the addition of some black foam-core as a light tight liner--it's ready to go!
I drilled a 5/8 hole in the lid and then taped a teeny pinhole inside the lid that I had hand drilled in some brass shim-stock. Viola! Pinhole camera!
The box is about 3-7/8 inches deep, so with a .018 pinhole, that works out to about F/215.
With Direct Positive Paper my exposures are going to be in the neighborhood of 60 seconds.
Tomorrow, I hope to take it out for a test drive, and of course I'll post the resulting photo here.
In the meantime, here's the box. I love the design on it.
I'll probably just use a piece of tape for a shutter for the time being.