The Jollylook Pinhole is a DIY bellows camera that needs Instax film

The latest vintage pinhole camera from Jollylook is an Instant Print Pinhole Camera made from recyclable wooden materials.

The DIY camera kit allows users to assemble their own vintage bellows-style pinhole camera and create instant-print Polaroid-style images. It has a mechanical shutter lever to open and close the hole.

The Jollylook Pinhole Camera is laser cut from recyclable, laminated boards of natural wood fibers and is available in two styles: stained and natural wood, which can be ideal for self-decoration. It comes with easy-to-build instructions, and the team says users can build the camera in one and a half to three hours.

The design features a Fresnel lens viewfinder and has a 0.38mm aperture and a focal length between 50mm and 110mm. The focal length can be “zoomed in” by sliding the bellows back and forth to adjust the size.

Being a purely mechanical design, the camera requires no batteries or power supply, and the company says no glue is required in the assembly process.

The team says it’s easy to use and installation is as simple as unfolding the bellows. To take a picture, it can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on a standard tripod with the built-in 1/4-20 inch tripod thread. For storage, the bellows collapses the Pinhole Camera into an iPhone-sized box, which the company says can easily be tucked into a pocket or purse.

The camera uses Fujifilm Instax mini instant print film and can take both analog color and monochrome photos at 62mm by 46mm. To take a photo, users adjust the autoexposure settings with the exposure calculator on the back, then press the shutter button to open the hole. The photo can then be extracted with a twist of the camera’s developing crank.

Although the team composing this vintage design is from Ukraine, they moved to Zvolen, Slovakia due to the Russian invasion of their country. The company has completed the design and says it has everything to organize and start the large-scale production.

The crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which has surpassed its original goal of $20,000, has 30 days to go, and the camera is expected to ship to backers in November 2022. The Jollylook Pinhole Instant Camera can be supported for just $69 through the company’s Kickstarter page.


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