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Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)

BH #LE45MBB • MFR #116B
Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)
Key Features
  • 150mm/6" Lens
  • Macro
The Baltic Birch 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera from Lensless features a 6" 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 150mm, which is a wide-normal macro lens for this format. Average exposure in bright, noon-day sun is 4 seconds, using 400 ISO film.

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Lensless 116B Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2No Bells or Whistles
  • 3Focus-Free
  • 4Easy to Load

The Baltic Birch 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera from Lensless features a 6" 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 150mm, which is a wide-normal macro 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.
UPC: 603281732488

Lensless 116B Specs

Film Format4 x 5"
Focal Length150mm
MaterialBaltic Birch Laminate
Working F-Stopf/420
Bubble LevelNo
Weight3.1 lb / 1.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.765 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.5 x 7.25 x 6.5"

Lensless 116B Reviews

These are so well made, yet basic - yield great photos.

By Lanny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-24

I have several of these. I love them. You can shoot paper or film. The workmanship is nice, the design tried and true. Not much vignetting like other pinhole cameras. Excellent cameras for shooting out in SUBZERO weather. I have some very expensive cameras and then I have these - I don't think I could part with any of the three that I own. Images are nice and crisp. Only thing I dislike is they do not come with a maker logo like in the example of the camera. But that is not an issue for build/quality or use.

The best yet!

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-06-17

The level of quality and finish on this camera is impressive. The method of securing the film holder in place is simple yet superior to other pin hole cameras available of the market regardless of price. It securely holds the fim holder or 4x5 Instant film back in place. Best of all it is made in the USA!

great price for fun camera

By Georgia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-09-29

Looks well made and fits 4x5 holders well. There are two round wooden rods included to hold your film holder firm in place. There is also a sheet with suggested exposure times included, which is very helpful.

Fun Camera

By Don
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-01-08

I was looking for something different I could take out in the extreme cold of Minnesota winter with out having to worry about. This fits the bill perfectly. Very simple,basic, suprising results. Remember photography is supposed to be fun.The fit and finish of this product are excellent. I recommend a blackcat exposure guide with this product. Also tripod required.(or rock,or bench/picnic table).

Well built

By Dean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-11-08

converted this item to except a fuji 145 film holder back. Solid and tripod mounts work well.

Nice entry point to pinhole photography

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-11-02

I bought this 4x5 pinhole as an inexpensive return to large format photography, having shot the format years ago. You will need 4x5 film and holders to use it effectively. The camera is well made (better than I could have done as a DIY project) and the fit and finish are nice. Although the B&H name for this is Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara company went away a few years ago. Check out lensless camera website, the new name for this product. The builder is very helpful and even directed me to buy from B&H despite the fact that he sells the cameras directly for more money. There are no electronics, so exposure is basically an educated guess, as is composition since there is no finder or ground glass. You might want to carry a SLR or other camera zoomed to 50mm to get a sense of what the box will see. Have fun.

Excellent build

By Shawn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-15

Not taken an image just yet but build wise it is 100%

Works Good

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-19

I was able to create a negative with this the first try :)

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