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ONDU: A New Line of Beautiful Wooden Pinhole Cameras



Slovenian industrial designer Elvis Halilović, who dubs himself “a passionate lensless photographer” is aiming to bring several sleek-looking wooden pinhole cameras to the  masses through a Kickstarter project that has already exceeded its financial goal by over $20,000.

Halilović, who says he’s constructed 40 pinhole cameras in a variety of sizes over seven years, expects to launch the ONDU line of pinhole cameras later this year. Here’s a quick look at the six models ONDU plans to release:

ONDU 135 Pocket Pinhole

ONDU 135 Pocket Pinhole: 35mm film, 25mm focal length
ONDU 135 Panoramic Pinhole: 35mm film, 25mm focal length, shoots 36mm x 24mm Leica format or panoramic double frames at 72mm x 24mm (FOV of 113°).

ONDU 135 Panoramic
ONDU 6×6 Pocket Pinhole: 120 film, 25mm focal length, shoots 56mm x 56mm with an angle of view of 115°.
ONDU 6×12 Multiformat Pinhole: 120 film, 40mm focal length, shoots 6×6, 6×9, and 6×12.
ONDU 4″x5″ Large Pinhole: 4×5″ film, 60mm focal length.

ONDU Paper Slide
ONDU Sliding Box Pinhole: Paper format 10.5×14.8cm, 50mm focal length (limited edition, 100 units).

Each camera is made from what is described as “locally harvested chestnut and maple wood”, and everything that requires holding is held  in place with strong magnets. Each unit sports a natural oil finish.

Halilović explains that the purpose of this Kickstarter project is to raise funds in order to better equip his woodworking shop and to develop new ONDU models.

Pinhole cameras use a pin-sized hole (hence the name) to capture light without the need for a lens. The relatively high aperture allows for some interesting effects:

ONDU 6x6 Sample Image
ONDU 6×6 Sample Image
ONDU 135 Pocket Pinhole Sample Image
ONDU 135 Pocket Pinhole Sample Image

Pricing for the cameras start at $60 for the ONDU Pocket Pinhole all the way to $200 for the ONDU Sliding Box Pinhole. You can learn more about this project and pricing for the other units by visiting the project’s Kickstarter page.

ONDU Pinhole Cameras [Kickstarter via Colossal]