Turn A Lolly Tin Into A Cheap DSLR Pinhole Lens

Turn A Lolly Tin Into A Cheap DSLR Pinhole Lens

Pinhole photography is fun but what if you want to avoid the hassle of building a pinhole camera and using film that you have to carefully load and get developed? You can make pinhole lens for a DSLR camera.

We’ll be the first to say that there is a certain analogue romance to pinhole photography with a totally DIY camera and film. Buying the film, loading the film and then paying to get the film developed can put a crimp in the spontaneity of the whole process however. Last year we showed you how to make a pinhole lens for your digital camera but “lens” was a pretty loose term as the design was just cardboard and foil. This clever hack uses a body cap — the kind you put on when the camera body has no lens attached — and a tin to make the pinhole lens. They use a tobacco tin but you could just as easily use a candy tin.

You cut out the centre of the body cap, punch a pinhole in the tin, glue it to the cap, and you’ve got yourself an instant pinhole camera that can be mounted to your digital camera. Check out the guide below for photos of the construction process and sample photos. If all this talk of pinhole photography leaves you wanting to try out the original analogue version, make sure to take a peek at some of the cool pinhole builds we’ve featured in the past like The Battlefield Pinhole Cameraand the Ultra-Slow Pinhole Camera. Have a camera hack of your own to share? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

Create Wonderful Digital Pinhole Pictures Using a Tobacco Box [DIY Photography via Make]


  • Great idea, I just went to do this, then as I was about to hack apart my body cap and stick a jam jar lid on it…I realised it’s probably easier to just drill the hole into the body cap itself. So I did that, will have to try it out 🙂 …but I’m guessing the plastic may be too thick, even if its only 1mm.

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