World’s Widest Digital Pinhole Adapter for Micro 4/3’s Cameras


I fancy myself a pretty decent photographer. At least as far as macro photography for the product shots in my reviews are concerned. I’m not sure that I’m all that great with general photography though. I have a goal to work on that in this coming year and have even considered purchasing a Micro 4/3’s camera. Of course with new cameras come new accessories and one such accessory that has caught my eye is the Pinwide adapter from Wanderlust Cameras. It’s a special cap that fits into the body of the camera in place of a standard lens. It provides a very tiny aperture that will give your camera a super wide angle of 11mm – the equivalent of 22mm on a 35mm camera. If you don’t know the difference between apertures and ISOs, don’t worry… all you do need to know is that the Pinwide will allow you to create cool pix.  The guys at Wanderlust are using a service called Kickstarter (it’s similar to Quirky) to help them get the $$’s to produce this thing. So right now the price is $39.99 to pre-order it, but they’ve already earned 4x the amount they needed, it should be available soon.

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  • Dave in SF December 1, 2010, 6:19 pm

    This looks really cool. If you already have a M4/3 camera or know someone who does, the amt of fun, creative stuff you could do in a few hours (maybe even minutes) is well worth the asking price. Can’t wait to get mine. Great as a gift too. Hope it’s ready before Xmas!

  • BJN December 1, 2010, 7:23 pm

    This is not a lens cap, it’s a body cap. If you’ve ever used a pinhole lens, you know it’s really slow (tiny f/96 – f/128 aperture means very little light). I’m skeptical that some of the gallery images at the Wanderlust site are taken with the pinhole. Live subjects have to either be illuminated by extremely bright light sources or they have to hold very still because even at high ISO settings the shutter speed for the exposure will be very slow. For example, if you shot an outdoor daylight photo at f/8 aperture and 1/60 second shutter speed, at f/128 you’d need a 4-seconds shutter speed for the same scene at the same ISO setting.

    It looks like a fun toy to experiment with. $40 is a little steep for a plastic body cap holding a bit of metal with a hole in it.

  • Chuck December 4, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I can make a pinhole camera out of an empty round Quaker Oats box. So whoop whoop for old skool stuff. I still use film too.

  • dfas December 10, 2010, 10:17 pm

    BJN, where do you live?!?
    outdoor daylight shot, f/8 = 1/60?!?
    You’re crazy. Even at ISO 100, outdoor daylight f/8 is about 1/2000

  • Nowhere Man March 18, 2011, 8:34 am

    @ dfas: Sure about that? I believe I remember the package on my Kodak film (135 film) said smth like ” Daylight with sun: use 1/125 at 5.6″, – or something to that effect? 1/2000@8 = 1/4000@5.6 = 1/8000@3.5, – and less than 3.5 (2.8) would overexposure by a full step.

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