The Film Holder
Here is a post about how I built my own film holder for the large format pinhole camera.
During last year’s Pinhole Festival at the Royal Botanics I took a series of pinholes around the gardens on the Holga 120WPC. This was a particular favourite and almost made it into my exhibition last year but decided not to. That decision caused various reactions from friends and family - so much so that only one print now exists and hangs pride of place in my in-laws house. They love it and I’m left thinking about that decision a lot.
Harman TiTAN 8x10 Pinhole Camera
At the opening night of the Alt Photo Festival last night, I was lucky enough to have a good look at the new Harman TiTAN 8x10 pinhole camera. We were also given a look at a new pinhole camera coming out that will use 4x5 film/paper and come in a lot cheaper than the current Harman TiTAN 4x5 camera.
I’ve never held any variation of the Harman TiTAN pinhole cameras but what struck me about the 8x10 straight away was how little it weighed, and that was with a film holder in it - remove that and it really does weigh nothing at all. You can tell it is a sturdy item though - you feel it could take a fall down a flight of stairs and live to tell the tale.
What has always put me off about the Harman TiTAN pinhole cameras though, is the price. They’re not cheap. The 4x5 hasn’t wavered away from the £165 price point (minus a film holder) since it’s launch and the new 8x10 will come in at a little under £300. That’s a lot of cash for what is a box with a hole. For me that is a good whack of money towards a large format camera that I can adapt for pinhole…as well as general large format photography.
The results I have seen from the 4x5 and 8x10 are not to be ignored though - they have really ramped up my interest in pinhole photography and my Holga 120WPC will be earning it’s place in my collection over the next few months.