Editor's note: This installment of DIY Weekend comes courtesy of Leonard Goh, our colleague at CNET Asia.
While spring-cleaning my room recently, I found a DIY pinhole camera kit I got from Hong Kong two years ago. This prompted me to recall the tin can shooter I was working on. That sparked a brainwave: why not merge the two?
First, I opened the pinhole camera kit to see which parts are available. Since this is a snap-together kit, no screws are required. The instructions in the manual were minimal as well. It seemed the hardest thing I had to do here was put the spring into the shutter mechanism.
The hole at the shutter was approximately the width of an F8 aperture, which allowed me to hot-glue the lens onto a plastic cap (with a hole in it) and place this over the shutter eye.
One gripe I have with this DIY camera is that the shutter mechanism doesn't fire at a consistent speed, as I have to manually hold down the lever to expose the film. I'm still looking online for some kind of hack that can make it open for exactly 1/125 second.
Also, the distance between the lens and the film is not optimized and I probably will get blurry shots. But I guess I won't know until I finish the roll of film inside and process it.
Next up in DIY Weekend: A homemade 10-rocket launch system.
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