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From Issue #9 January 31, 2013

Light Motif

A pinhole lens cap finally brings infinite focus and undistorted images to digital cameras.

By David Erik Nelson Twitter icon 

In order to shrink the camera body, Olympus/Panasonic did away with the angled reflex mirror at the heart of any high-quality camera, which allows a shooter to see the lens’s view through a tiny viewfinder. With no reflex mirror in the way and a compact camera body, Syverson and Lundquist (who happens to be my brother in law) realized they could remove the lens entirely and place a usable pinhole within a few millimeters of the camera’s CCD sensor.

Justin Lundquist, a freelance photographer, has experimented with pinhole cameras for decades. In these mirrorless guts, he saw beyond the possibility of finally hacking together his own little digital pinhole camera: He could offer a pinhole add on to an existing body. The Pinwide, a “pinhole cap,” is the result. It transforms any Micro 4/3 camera into an honest-to-god, ultra-wide-angle digital pinhole point-and-shoot.

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