The Original Pin is a Gorgeous Wooden Pinhole Camera You Build and Customize

Original Pin Camera

Pinhole cameras are one of the cheapest and simplest ways of getting started with shooting film. While they can be as simple as a makeshift Altoids tin, some photographers want something that can take a whole roll of film and/or even be a real camera. Original Pin is a new custom, durable, flat-pack pinhole camera that’s currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It’s a beautiful wooden camera package that simplifies photography into a single ray of light to capture that perfect exposure.

While the camera looks nice in the picture, some assembly is required. The Original Pin arrives to customers in a flat-pack kit of laser cut parts including: the set of camera body parts, faceplate, shutter, lens housing, and lens kit. It’s a build just like making a model airplane except you take pictures with it. So expect to do some glue work and a little bit of sanding.

Building the camera also allows users to customize the look of their camera as well as understand the internal mechanics. The Original Pin takes standard 35mm that attaches to a film advance, while pulling the wooden slide on the front reveals the pinhole.

As of this writing, the Original Pin is just shy of reaching half of its $10,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, a pledge of $55 will net you a complete, fully functional Original Pin camera kit. Check past the break for more images of the camera and photos taken with the Original Pin.

Original Pin Custom

Original Pin Film

Original Pin Final

Original Pin Sunset

Original Pin Monochrome

Original Pin Lo-Fi


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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.