Cameras, Design, Panoramic 135

the panoramic 135

Our family came home from Japan in April. I had made two more Mark IIIs and had enough leftover wood to make one more camera. It was in mid-June that I decided to create a new camera with a new frame output… Specifically, a panoramic one.

I had read about panoramic pinholes online but had never really thought about making one until then. Because I loved to challenge myself, I didn’t want to make an ordinary, flat/straight-plane panoramic frame, I wanted a curved one. I then designed the curved plane first and then built the camera around it. It was a challenge to figure out how to get the film to curve with the plane but after a bit of redesigning, I made a removable border that pushed the film negative unto the curved plane and made loading film easier.

This camera was also the last model to feature the two-knob design. I was also able to attain a tripod mount after salvaging a junk camera I had purchased in Shinjuku.

Since this camera was different from the rest, I decided to reverse the colors and stain the body black whilst maintaining the wooden finish on the slide shutter. This was also one of the first cameras to be protected with beeswax rather than a polyurethane coat. It took me a total of three days to complete the build and because I was so focused on making it, I hardly took note of the measurements. Oh well. haha

Design, Personal

the notebook

Before I left, I purchased a small notebook where I could sketch my designs.

This notebook now holds detailed information about my builds. It’s interesting to look at the older pages and see how your designs have changed through the months.

However, these designs are merely suggestions as I tend to deviate and improvise or wing my designs while I’m building. Hahah. Nonetheless, it’s fun sketching and just jotting down ideas. I rarely leave home without this.

Cameras, Design, Pinhole Mark III

back home

My year in Japan was coming to an end but I managed to make one more camera. This camera would go to a friend of mine in the Philippines as soon as I got home.

This version was modeled after the first camera and mixed with a little bit of the second model. I made two more of this particular model and they all went to different people. Hence, I don’t have pictures to show from this particular model.

I was able to get my hands on one of them again after a trade in for my newest model.

Pictures, Pinhole Mark II

the only one

I had high hopes for my newest camera.

It was small, it looked classy, and it had a tripod mount. It was great in theory but after my first roll, only one image came out decipherable.

I was pretty upset with myself for rushing this camera. I gave it two more chances but it never gave me the results I wanted so I retired it.

Back then, I was super disappointed with the photograph I had taken. But then I realized what it meant to me. This photo reminded me of the awesome time I had with friends during the trip and how beautiful God made nature.

This photo still stands as one of my favorite photographs and is currently framed and displayed in the house of a family friend.


Cameras, Design, Pinhole Mark II

the second camera

With the success of the first pinhole camera, I quickly found myself sketching another one.

I decided to use a different kind of wood and metal knobs for it. I also wanted to incorporate a tripod mount so I would not have to bring a clamp all the time.

I wanted to make it smaller so it was easier to carry around (especially since I started carrying around a huge tripod).

Because of my excitement, I finished the camera in half the time it took me to make the first one. Back then, I didn’t really see it as something but the images it produced told me otherwise.

Pictures, Pinhole Mark I


One of my favorite family trips in was in Hokkaido. I am absolutely in love with the snow and I cannot get over how wonderful it is.

More than getting to snowboard on the famous powder of Hokkaido, appreciating the beauty of the snow-laden landscape was what made the trip very memorable for me.

Pictures, Pinhole Mark I


I lived in Japan for a year and it was late in that year that I decided to make cameras. Thankfully, I had enough time to take it with me to several places before I headed back home to the Philippines.

I took my mini Gorillapod and clamp and took photos of Shibuya shortly after finishing my first camera and went home with these images (after having them developed that is).

Because I had no idea what I was doing the images were originally bigger than your standard 24mm x 36mm frame and had crazy vignetting (so I cropped the photos). I fixed that problem soon after and took more photos.