May 22, 2017

Check Out the World's First Multi-Aperture Pinhole Lens for DSLR Cameras

This company has taken pinhole technology and given it a modern twist for DSLR shooters.

For filmmakers wanting a little adventure in their day-to-day, this new lens from Thingyfy might satisfy that craving. Meet the Pinhole Pro—yes, it's a pinhole lens and, yes, it's designed for DSLR cameras, but there's something even more special about it that no other lens like it has. The Pinhole Pro lens is the world's first multi-aperture pinhole lens for DSLRs. It allows users to adjust the aperture and see results in real-time all in a single lens.

Thingyfy is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the lens, but with 12 days left to go, it has already surpassed their $15K goal by about $35K. The company's pitch video introduces us to the beauty of the design and purpose of the Pinhole Pro. Check it out below:

If you want to know how well the Pinhole Pro performs in the field, here is a short film shot entirely with the lens, along with a Nikon D750.

Pinhole camera technology has been around since 400 BCE, with a number of DSLR filmmakers still taking advantage of its unique visual look and properties to this day. So, the Pinhole Pro isn't the first of its kind by a long shot. There are several pinhole lenses out there made specifically for DSLR shooters, but the thing the Pinhole Pro has that these other lenses don't is the multi-aperture feature. Thingyfy makes its purpose for adding this kind of capability very clear:

Thingyfy Pinhole Pro makes a simple, small change- multiple pinholes, but that change allows for real-time experimentation and manipulation that just doesn't exist in any other model. The unique properties of pinhole photography need to be exposed and played with. New uses discovered. With the products currently available on the market, all one can do is demo the principal at hand. 

The aim for the Pinhole Pro is to make an aggressive attempt at re-introducing the viability and opportunity this lens affords to the professional and hobbyist photographers.

Tech Specs

Focal Length: 50mm 
Pinhole Sizes: 0.1mm, 0.15mm, 0.2mm, 0.25mm,0.3mm, 0.35mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm
Lens Mount: Canon EOS/EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3 (MFT)
Threads: 58mm 
Front Diameter: 68.5mm 
Total Depth (Including Front and Back Lens Caps): 50mm
Body: Anodized Aluminum Alloy 

You can get a Pinhole Pro lens for about $50, which is a nice middle-ground when it comes to pinhole lenses: not too expensive—not too cheap. Really it's a great price for someone who wants to dabble in pinhole cinematography without having to fork over a fortune—but also without having to sacrifice quality. 

To learn more, head on over to Kickstarter    

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okay, remind me what kind of look we're getting here ? i don't really get it ...

May 23, 2017 at 7:02AM, Edited May 23, 7:02AM

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stephen knifton
owner / creative director
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My thought exactly. What's the purpose or advantage of this lens?

May 23, 2017 at 7:54AM

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The advantage of a pinhole camera over something with glass lenses is that the DoF in a pinhole camera is infinite.

(I'd rather not get into the extensively long list of disadvantages with pinhole lenses. In short, if they *were* great, they would be the default. There is a reason why most lenses use glass.)

May 23, 2017 at 4:06PM

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kyleclements
Artist / Photographer / Scenic
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They claim a "focal length of 50mm", but doesn't a pinhole have a much wider field of view that what you would get from 50mm optic? The sample images aren't remotely inspiring either. I've seen better focused images made with, well, a pinhole!

May 23, 2017 at 8:04AM, Edited May 23, 8:04AM

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Vidrazor
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