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Paper Pinhole Camera Looks Just Like a Leica

Posted By Lori Zimmer On June 16, 2011 @ 11:40 pm In DIY,green gadgets,Sustainable Materials | No Comments

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The film camera is becoming more and more of a retro novelty as digital cameras [1] quickly snap up the masses. To pay homage to the well-loved Leica camera, London designer and photographer Matthew Nicholson has made his own 35mm camera [2] using only paper. The life size Leica even works, but more simply as a pinhole camera.


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With a fondness for making things out of paper [3], Nicholson printed the pieces for the camera out of one sheet of paper. Requiring easy cutting and folding, the origami [4] Leica is fitted with a neck strap for your convenience — also made of paper.

Although the film speed and exposure dials are just for looks, a “lens” is cut with a pinhole. Fitted with basic 35 mm roll film, the camera [5] takes pictures by exposing the film for long periods of time.

The paper [6] Leica M3 is just a prototype for now, but Nicholson plans to have the pattern available for download by the end of the month. Just in time to be your perfect summer art project!

+ Matthew Nicholson [7]

Via Leica Rumors [8]


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[1] digital cameras: http://inhabitat.com/announcing-ask-a-tech-geek-advice-column-with-peter-rojas/

[2] camera: http://inhabitat.com/6-green-gadget-gifts-for-fathers-day/

[3] paper: http://inhabitat.com/tom-mollnows-brilliant-paper-pulp-task-lamp-is-fully-recyclable/

[4] origami: http://inhabitat.com/luminous-origami-art-installation-displays-digital-information-at-bremin-university-library/

[5] camera: http://inhabitat.com/awesome-bamboo-iphone-case-looks-like-a-retro-camera/

[6] paper: http://inhabitat.com/ephemeral-origami-tea-set-by-yuya-ushida-reminds-us-to-enjoy-lifes-simple-pleasures/

[7] + Matthew Nicholson: http://mattmakesstuff.co.uk/

[8] Leica Rumors: http://leicarumors.com/2011/06/12/this-paper-leica-m3-is-a-working-pinhole-camera.aspx/

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