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Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)

B&H # LE45SWABB Mfr # SWA2B
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Product Highlights
  • 50mm/2" Lens
  • Super Wide Angle

The Baltic Birch 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera from Lensless features a 2" lens. Lensless Cameras are constructed of different woods. Each model has a tiny hole (1/64" or smaller) precisely drilled in the front panel. The shutter is simply a small hinged metal plate that the photographer swings up and down to begin and end the exposure. The imitated focal length is determined by the length of the camera. The format is determined by the size of the back of the camera, which accepts the film holder. Since it is designed to accept a sheet film holder, there is no need to load the camera in the dark.

This is a Baltic Birch, 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera, with a focal length equivalent of 50mm, which is a super wide angle lens for this format. Average exposure in bright, noon-day sun is 4 seconds, using 400 ISO film.

No Bells or Whistles
Simplify photography to its basics: Composition and Exposure.
Focus-Free
Depth of field is of no concern; everything in front of the camera is equally in focus.
Easy to Load
Uses cut film and Polaroid holders. No need to load the camera in the dark.
Construction Baltic Birch
Format 4x5"
Comparative Focal Length 50mm
Working f/Stop F/154
Weight 1.9 lb (0.8kg)
Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)
  • Standard (1/4") Tripod Mounting Threaded Socket
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Lensless4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Reliable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (3)

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      5.0

      An excellent pinhole camera

      By The Frugal Networker

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

        The Baltic Birch 4x5" pinhole camera is the perfect introduction to both large format photography and pinhole photography. I've used the camera with film and paper and am very pleased with its performance. If you want to explore pinhole photography with negatives that are large enough for beautiful enlargement, you need this camera.

        The construction is solid and beautiful. The camera features two tripod screws, one for portrait and one for landscape mode.

        Whether you're using film with a 4x5" film back (not included) or paper, this camera is fun to use and the exposure guide that comes with it is amazingly accurate. I didn't waste one piece of film or paper because I used the guide.

        It was also easy to order on the B&H site and you can pay with Paypal, which is a very good feature for me. I'm glad that B&H is flexible and able to provide multiple pay possibilities.

        Shipping was fast and the camera was packed to the maximum with big bubble wrap and a smaller box inside the larger one. B&H cares for its customers, even for a small purchase like this one.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent, though I had to mod it.

        By RA

        from Philadelphia

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Need To Modify

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

        I like this camera a lot, but I had to cut a slot in the bottom with a jig saw to be able to use it with a Polaroid type 405 holder (not difficult), otherwise there is no place for the dark slide to go. It would make sense for this to be offered as an option, since using instant film is a great way to use these.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Pinhole camera

        By Lane

        from Germany

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

          The quality of the product was outstanding. The simple design was well constructed and easy to use. I especially liked that there were tripod mounts on 2 sides allowing me to take pictures either vertically or horizontally. This was a well make product I will be able to use it for years.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Easy to use. Great results.

          By Greg

          from Chattanooga, TN

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

            This is a well built camera that is solid, yet lightweight. After a quick read of the instructions, I was off on a hike through the woods with the camera, film and tripod. Each exposure yielded a very good negative. The only real learning curve involves accurately determining the field of view.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Pinhole Camera

            By JS_PUB

            from Livermore, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

              Fantastic pictures. A little dark around the edges (normal for pinhole cameras). But overall, just a great little camera. I could not build it for less money, so it is also a great bargain. I'm buying more cameras from Lensless.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Exactly what I wanted

              By Sideshow

              from Alberta, Canada

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Pinhole size not listed

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography

              Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

              Very well constructed and durable. Outstanding photo quality once you get used to it.

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              • No

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              how do dey do dat?

              By Ed the retired

              from Joisey for now but Texas for real

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • If you're feeling frisky

                Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

                Stick it on a tripod and use the f154 aperture and let 'er rip.

                It is more fun than a greased pig at a Polish wedding (and I've been to one or two.)

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                nice pin hole camera

                By pin holer

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch):

                  I made a pin hole camera myself before.
                  It's cheeper, but i wanted to have more sturdy one.
                  This is a nice camera.
                  Since you don't need many control skills for pin hole cameras, this is heavy enough for the windy days.
                  I felt that the wood is a little bit stinky.
                  I hope it will be gone soon.

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