Finite Industries, a Scottish camera manufacturer, has introduced the fi35, the company’s first pinhole camera. Nils Aksnes, the photographer and designer behind the fi35, developed the camera with assistance from Analogue Wonderland’s Film Photography Community Fund.
“We have designed our cameras so that they can be fully disassembled. This means that any part can be replaced if necessary, and all materials can be recovered and reused at the end of their life. We use recycled materials where possible to make the camera parts,” Finite Industries explains. The camera is 3D printed in Scotland, and the company is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint.
The fi35 and fi120, a prototype camera in development that shoots 120 and 35mm format film, have a vibrant and distinct appearance. The body of the fi35 consists of a huge red or green main body with a detachable yellow front section. The pinhole is represented by the blue circular part. These components work in tandem with an internal frame where the film is loaded. The camera is quite simple.
This simplicity contributes to the fi35’s allure and popularity. It is, however, more than just a boxy pinhole camera. The crew used a methodical approach, including a bubble level on top of the camera and a normal threaded tripod mount on the bottom. The camera also has an in-built clicker to count down exposures and a frame indication to help you line up shots.
Photographers can generate a wide range of photographs by using a modular architecture. Two pinholes, one from the front and one from the back, can be fitted to the same body, allowing for double exposures. Photographers can also swap out the frame for different aspect ratios. The “twinhole” accessory adds two pinholes to the front of the camera, allowing a 36-frame roll of film to capture 72 photos, as if it were a half-frame camera.
The pinhole module can also be installed in one of four spots on the front of the fi35, allowing photographers to choose different offsets for their photographs, according to Finite Industries. Another creative approach is to use the back pinhole to shoot through the film’s backside, resulting in redscale images rather than standard color photos.
Finite Industries claims it is working on more analog photography components, such as panoramic and curved film plane possibilities.
Finite Industries will begin taking orders for the fi35 on November 29, with bundles starting at £125. Separate components will also be available for purchase.