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Wanderlust Pinwide Pinhole Cap Test - The Pinwide is a wide-angle pinhole cap that replaces the lens on a Micro 4/3 camera from Olympus or Panasonic to convert it into a pinhole camera.
The Pinwide is a wide-angle pinhole cap that replaces the lens on a Micro 4/3 camera from Olympus or Panasonic to convert it into a pinhole camera.
The pinhole plate is set in a recessed part of the cap so it's positioned inside the camera body closer to the sensor. This gives a wide angle lens effect equivalent to 11mm (22mm in 35mm format). Normal pinhole plates (converted body caps etc.) are less wide (around 50mm in 35mm format).
The outer ring is notched to make it look a little more interesting when on the camera. It's supplied in an attractive metal tin like an old cine reel storage can.
It darkens the viewfinder and gives the usual vignette around the edge that you'd expect from a pinhole lens, and because it's recessed this vignette is even more realistic to the box camera style pinholes of yesteryear.
The metering was fooled and shots were coming out grossly underexposed so I found adjusting the exposure compensation to +3 gave most consistent results.
Also with a pinhole camera there's no control over depth of field...the aperture is the pinhole and that's the equivalent of about f/128. So depth of field is enormous - in fact I found stuff would be in focus from inches to infinity. Not great if you want subtle subject placement, but fine for the wacky pinhole effect.
With such a small aperture a tripod or support is essential even in good light shutter speeds are into seconds. In low light you're probably going to reach the limits of the shutter speed range.
While I was out using it the view became obstructed and I realised I must have had a speck of dust cover the hole. I gave it a blow and the problem was resolved.
Shooting into the sun was interesting...rainbow coloured flare dominates (read obliterates) the photo. If it's in a small part of the frame it can be made to look like one of those awful creative effects filters of the 80s, but for most cases it's better to avoid direct sun in shots.
Incredible close focus is possible with the
Pinwide. The camera was an inch away from
the cat's nose!
A shot of goggles on the patio. The
pinwide wide-angle vignette works
Glass vases in a window, softness is
While on a landscape softness isn't
quite as welcome!
Combine the lens with some in camera art
filter gives interesting results. Here rope was
placed on the patio and the Olympus EP2's
cross processing mode was selected.
And here the grain mode was selected to take this shadow on an old metal dustbin. Harsh contrast, heavy vignette and grain all go together to form a creative snap.
You do need to work hard to get a shot that suits this technique, and when you do you'll soon realise the value of the gadget. It's one for the more artistic and technically less bothered photographer. At the price of a filter it's got to be worth a go!
|At the price of a filter the Wanderlust Pinwide has got to be worth a go!|
Wanderlust Pinwide: ProsSuper wide angle
More realistic pinhole effect
Incredible focus range
No control over depth of field
Wanderlust Pinwide: Cons
Difficult to get a good shot
Easy to get hole clogged up
Causes camera to underexpose (manual override needed)
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