Rotary Pinhole Camera

rotary pinhole camera

Pinhole cameras use a tiny pinhole as their aperture instead of a lens. Fran?s Besson designed this camera to take a 240 degree panoramic picture. The camera aperture slot rotates on one axis while the film rotates on a separate axis. The 8×20″ film is attached to a large drum mounted to the second spindle. The exposure length can be 18, 6, or 3 minutes depending on the voltage supplied to the drive motor.

10 thoughts on “Rotary Pinhole Camera

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  2. Fascinating camera. My brother and I were half joking about building one of these last year but suspected the exposure times would be so long it would make the entire thing impractical. Now with seeing this I might give it a try. Very cool.

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