Following resounding success when shown at the recent exhibitions including UK Focus on Imaging Exhibition and Photographica London, and the SPE Conference in Chicago, ILFORD PHOTO are pleased to announce a new pinhole camera known as the Obscura.
This lightweight camera is manufactured in England, exclusively for ILFORD PHOTO. The clever, simple and subtle design features of the Obscura certainly captured the imagination of all who were fortunate enough to see or handle the camera at recent exhibitions.
The camera is precision cut and formed from expanded PVC, and is made of two interlocking sections. The photographic medium is loaded into the bottom section in darkroom conditions, and then held in place by sliding in the top section, which locks into place by use of magnets. The top section of the camera also holds the stainless steel chemically etched 0.3mm pinhole in place. Designed for 4x5 inch film or paper, the camera is 87mm focal length giving wide-angle images. The pinhole exposures are controlled by a magnetic locking shutter, which can be left in the open or closed position. The front section can be positioned in either orientation making it suitable for right or left-handed use. The design also incorporates a tripod-mounting socket, and the enclosed sticker allows a sighting line to be created with which to aim the camera.
Similar to the HARMAN TiTAN 4x5 pinhole camera, the new Obscura also comes supplied with 10 sheets each of 4x5 inch ILFORD DELTA 100 Professional film, 20 sheets ILFORD MULTIGRADE IV RC paper to get the user started. Finally the kit includes a simple Exposure Calculator for use without a light meter, a set of stickers with which to decorate the camera, the user instruction booklet and a 3-tray light-tight sheet film box for storing exposed materials. All the user needs to load and unload the camera whilst on location is a changing bag.
Steven Brierley, Director of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN technology, said, “ We have been amazed at the reaction to the camera. People seem to love the simplicity and elegance of the design and effectiveness of the magnetic locking systems”