How that's relevant to a pinhole blog is that I had about 10 frames left when we got back to Oshkosh. I have never put a pinhole on a 35mm SLR nor have I ever shot black and white 35mm film with a pinhole. So this seemed to be the opportunity.
I lost the body cap that came with my F1 probably the minute I put the first lens on. The closest thing I had was the lens cap from my 10x50 binoculars. It doesn't fit at all so I had to tape it on with 3M #235. It only took a few seconds and it's on there pretty solidly.
I was really surprised that the pinhole ended up being 50mm from the film plane. I had always imagined these to be wider angle, but I never had really thought about it. Quite a bit different from the Populist I'm used to at 24mm. (The lens I had on it last weekend was my beloved Canon FD 20mm f2.8)
I made a pinhole in some beverage can aluminum by drilling just the tip of a #10 needle on a table top. The initial hole was about .18mm. I gave the needle a gentle twist or two and enlarged it to .26mm. Mr. Pinhole says .298mm is optimal for this distance. Close enough.
Professional SLR's are some hefty chunks of steel, but I never felt about this camera that way, but with the pinhole on it it strikes me as really heavy and clumsy. It's just under two pounds. The Populist is just under three ounces.
I was kind of surprised you could see anything at all through the viewfinder. Except for a completely sun-lit scene, it's still pretty useless though.
I guess you could have predicted that I got some more tightly framed shots than I was planning. Not particularly level either.
I did a little better with the entrance to the garden.
I couldn't find a cable release. (BTW, our local camera store which is jam packed with every kind of accessory you could imagine, doesn't carry cable releases.) I kept forgetting that you had to keep the shutter held down on Bulb and blew a few exposures that way. It also meant I had to be within an arms length of the camera.
Here I am gripping the black film can from a roll of Tri-X left over from Gene and Laura's 25th wedding anniversary in 2001 that I found in the bottom of the camera bag.
When I'm desperate to get some film shot quickly, I always end up with a self portrait, but having to hold down the shutter meant it had to be pretty close-up,
It is kind of handy that you know how much film you have left. I may play with it with that outdated roll of Tri-X as long as I had to buy a whole quart of developer.