A Major Change (already)

I most certainly don’t mean to set expectations and then change my approach. Well, this is not true, actually. Let me elaborate:

When I started this blog, I was curious and limited in resource. Curious about the world of pinhole yet limited in the era of digital. This is why I opted in spending the last half of my summer walking around with a cheap Holga lens attached to my Canon. After a while and many snaps, it dawned on me that as much fun as this lens is, I would rather compose with no viewfinder than with a limited view, see below for what I mean:

That black you see is not beautiful vignetting but rather the inside of the lens itself. Yes, I do try to compose with this in mind now. That is part of my workflow in using this lens, but I would not trust this for high end work.  This led me to begin research on other lenses/caps or even DIY methods to use. I did find a company that looked promising, Rising, but seemed a bit expensive and only available through a Canadian Distributor. Their lens looked promising but it was here, at this moment, I found my next camera:

The Zero Image 120 Film Camera

I must take a moment and apologize for the poor picture – I was in a wee bit of rush (plus I am quite terrible at still life). This camera utilizes 120mm film. Yes. Film. I am not crazy. But I do remember not quite long ago telling you I do things in life backwards. Fitting, that I would go from digital to film. I won’t bother you with long details right now. This blog is long enough, but I will tell you it is absolutely stunning. Teak wood, brass knobs. Signed and numbered limited edition. This is handmade, in China, buy a master craftsman. You can tell a lot of time and thought went into this camera. My next post will be more about the camera itself and my master plan for global photographical domination.

Right now, though, I think I should go help my wife prepare dinner. Cheers!



  1. Congrats on purchasing a Zero Image 612, granted I realize I’m a few months late in saying so. They are splendid cameras as I’m sure you’ve already realized. There is quite a dedicated following for this camera, especially on Flickr. We are a helpful friendly bunch. Look forward to following you and seeing what great images you create with your pinhole camera.

    • Hi jsodphotography!

      I am very happy so far with the camera, it has really opened/challenged my whole approach to photography and has made it exciting again. I guess I was burning out with all the technical aspects of digital (which is still awesome). I did recently join the flickr group and will make sure to visit often and leave comments/interact! Thanks for the invite and the comment!



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