..on the film front. While waiting for my Intrepid 4×5 camera to arrive I did a bit of investigation into panoramic cameras as it’s always been a dream to own a Hasselblad Xpan camera.
What I found was a huge following for pinhole cameras especially one made by a guy in France who goes under the name of Reality So Subtle. He makes a number of cameras with pinholes for lenses. He makes one with a format of 6×17 which gives negatives 60mm high by 170mm long. In film photography terms, that’s a wide negative!The unusual thing about this camera is that it has a curved film plane to control perspective. With pinhole cameras, if the film plane is flat to the pinhole, the edges of the frame go out of focus as the distance from the pinhole to the film is different across the film. With a curved film plane, the distance from ther pinhole to the film is the same across the frame so that the exposure is the same from edge to edge. The downside to this is that the camera must be kept perfectly level or else the horizon will curve. With this in mind, the camera comes with two pinholes; one upper and one lower. Using the upper pinhole puts the horizon on the lower third of the image with more sky and the lower one puts the horizon on the upper third with more foreground.
Composition is an issue with some pinhole cameras but this one has sight lines engraved onto the top and sides so that you get a rough idea what will be in your image with solid lines for using the top pinhole and dotted lines for using the lower pinhole.
Calculating the exposure is easy as the aperture is fixed at f233 and there are plenty of apps available for calculating exposure for most films with some even calculating the reciprocity failure as well. All in all, this is a great camera to use and gives really good results. I’m still going to hang on for an Xpan but this will keep me going in the meantime.