Roll 12 – my foray into large format pinhole photography

For some insane reason I have had this bug to do large format pinhole photography and have been shopping around for cameras. I have also been interested in zone plate photography so, hands down, the Zero 45 won the in the “WANT” department. So when I came upon some extra cash I bought it! It was a birthday present to myself.

Since my Zero 2000 has the same wide angle as the Zero 45 without an extension frame I added one to my setup. I thought it would be nice to mix things up a little bit and have options.

My very generous friend Jeff sent me an amazingly awesome magazine contraption that holds six sheets of film! And I received a pack of Arista 100 for my birthday. So I was set!

I spent the week trying out all of the various settings. I shot a couple with the extension frame, without the extension frame. I shot a few using the zone plate settings. It didn’t take long to get through six sheets.

I ordered a Mod54 and developed them Friday evening. Since I don’t have a scanner that will scan 4×5 I went to Newspace to make prints of them.

The whole process has been fun and a great learning experience. I am not sure what to make of the actual photos concerning subject matter and composition. I suppose I will get a handle on this the more I use the camera. Practically I have a lot to learn. For example, I really scratched the negatives getting them into the tank and I will need to be more careful next time. Another consideration is to load my tank in a light proof room as the dark bag is a bit too small for all of the stuff inside of it.

All in all I am really excited about my new toy! I will be using it a lot in the coming year!

26 thoughts on “Roll 12 – my foray into large format pinhole photography

  1. Cool, were these the negs you worried you had reordered? A room with plenty of room is definitely nice with these big negatives. I have a 5×7 field camera and dang, those negs are huge. I can only imagine shooting 8×10. Look forward to more LF pinholes.


    • Thanks Joe! Yes, these are the ones that got all mixed up. I am thinking I need to light proof my bathroom. I am planning on making a darkroom out of it anyway so that will be my next little project! πŸ™‚


  2. congratulations. The camera is beautiful. I have both a Titan 4×5 and a Don Pyle 4×5. I am taking the DP one out this weekend.
    How did you like the tank you bought? I bought the BTZS Tubes and am anxious to try them out.
    Have a great weekend in the NW sun.


  3. Moni, I’ve had a Zero 45 that I’ve banged up a fair bit. They do repairs and I’m thinking about sending it back to Hong Kong as I’m just to ham-fisted to respring the shutter. I’m also thinking of having it updated to have the bulb shutter thing added. That wasn’t available when I bought mine.

    Do you have a film holder for Polaroid 100 type film? I have a couple boxes of super expired Polaroid Sepia ISO 1500 film that I could send you. It worlds really well in this camera.


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  5. Congrats on the new Zero. To practice loading the reel I’d sacrifice a sheet or two and practice in daylight first. Then when you can do it with your eyes closed you’ll be good to go.


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