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Harman technology Limited 10:09am, 16 May 2013
We'd love to hear about your experiences using the Ilford Obscura and whether you're a newbie to the world of pinhole photography or a well seasoned darkroom veteran.
Northsnapper Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Northsnapper (member) 5 years ago
The Obscura is the second pinhole I've reviewed for Ephotozine, having reviewed the Harman Titan previously. I've got a Noon pinhole of my own which uses 120 film in a variety of formats, but I think 5x4 is definitely better!

On a technical note, the photos I've uploaded here were all shot on Delta 100, but I'm afraid I didn't keep a note of the exposure times. They were developed in Rodinal 1+50 in a Paterson Orbital.
Franz304 5 years ago
I used pinholes with different films : 24x36mm, 6x7cm, 6x12cm (Holga), 4x5", 8x10".
For a beginner, the Obscura is easier to load than a 4x5" film holder.
It's easy to develop one sheet of 4x5" film in a regular Paterson tank.
It's possible to scan a 4x5" in two parts with a medium format film scanner and to stitch the two scans.
I used Delta 100 and expired TMax 400 and the pictures look good.
alienmeatsack PRO 5 years ago
I'm not new to film, paper or pinholes, but this was my first 4x5 camera. My favorite thing about it is the quality of the images. I do find that my changing bag is a little cramped for putting new paper/film into it, but have enjoyed it so far!

I've also used it to shoot Polaroid film by literally putting the pack inside of the body and using rubber bands to hold the body together against the pack. This technique also works with the Fuji Instax packs as well, except that they fit inside and the body closes so you need to secure them in place with a little foam or similar so they don't shift around.

I develop 2 sheets of 4x5 at a time in my Paterson tank, emulsion side facing inward towards the spindle and it has worked nicely for developing. I've been using Diafine for both paper and film developing with it.

My only complaint is that the tripod mount needs something grippy so the camera doesn't rotate easily. Beyond that, it was a great value (with the paper and film!) and the photos it takes are lovely!
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