Seeking critical sharpness

by Helen Hooker April. 26, 2019 238 views

For this one I laid the camera flat on the floor of Waltham Abbey

For this one I laid the camera flat on the floor of Waltham Abbey

I recently finished off a second roll of film in my Ondu pinhole camera. This time I was more careful to ensure the camera stayed completely still on a tripod while shooting, hoping for greater sharpness than with my first film. While I enjoyed the process of using the Ondu, disappointingly the images were still consistently soft. I realise I’m never going to achieve the same crispness I get from a digital camera, but pinhole cameras are supposed to give greater depth of field and I’ve seen better results from other examples.

My film camera family - A voigtlander Vito B, Olympus Trip and Ricoh 500G.

My film camera family - A voigtlander Vito B, Olympus Trip and Ricoh 500G.

A double exposure at Henham Church

A double exposure at Henham Church

Inside the British Library

Inside the British Library

I even tried using the Ondu at Goodwood. There was a car passing by on track when I took this, but it was moving too fast to register on the film!

I even tried using the Ondu at Goodwood. There was a car passing by on track when I took this, but it was moving too fast to register on the film!

I decided to share some of my pictures here despite the softness as I still like the retro feel they have. I’ve been sent a new, slightly smaller pinhole by the good folks at Ondu, which should help with sharpness. All I need to do now is fit it and get out shooting again!

The apple store at West Dean Gardens

The apple store at West Dean Gardens

26 Apri 2019

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the retro feel. Just waiting for a ghost in #9

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Russell Smith 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Quite nice I dont know that the softness bothers me a whole lot it gives an ethereal nature to the shots which is what I tend to see from pinhole shots.

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