NOPO: Handcraft Pinhole Cameras
The nopo cameras are handmade pinhole cameras, patiently made, with walnut, cherry and birch woods. They are also built with classic woodworking processes and finished with natural oils.
NOPO is born in Madrid at the beginning of the 2014 year making handmade cameras for a film of 35 mm and medium format. With them, you can enjoy a process and an alternative photographic technique.
With its funding and thanks to its crowd funding campaign, they have been growing, and today they are sending cameras to almost every corner of the planet. More and more people practice photography with NOPO, photographers with whom they maintain an active community.
Their cameras offer the possibility of enjoying an alternative photographic technique. They are easy to use and with aesthetic possibilities probably difficult to find in the photography market.
All cameras come with its case, strap, an exposure time’s equivalence table and a simple user manual. So you can take pictures a few minutes after having it in your hands!
And Pinhole Photography
Let’s quickly review The Concept Of Pinhole Photography. The pinhole cameras are simple cameras with a small hole, the thickness of a pin serving as the camera lens. Through this hole-called pinhole-enters the light and the image projected impinges directly on the film, without crossing any type of lenses.
In ancient times, painters and sculptors used this technique in their dark chambers. Hundreds of years later, the use of lenses was introduced within them. And in this way, with the first photographic supports appeared the photography.
At various times in history, pinhole photography was recovered as an alternative technique of great expressiveness and with plastic features making it unique. Three of its main features are its infinite depth of field, its unusual texture and an absolutely straightforward perspective. Also, the possibilities offered by experimenting with exposure time; long expositions making us see the world from a completely different perspective.
Construction And Manufacture
Of NOPO Cameras
The designs and prototypes have been made by the creator and founder, Toño Cañadas, photographer and designer. The cameras have evolved in detail based on the needs of usability and manufacturing requirements
They always make small batches to better control the finishes and small modifications in their design. In the workshop are two people who deal with the entire process from start to finish. Many phases are involved in its manufacture, such as the design and development of specific components.
Creating his pieces requires a lot of time and effort. We invite you to see The Cameras Manufacturing Process, which is amazing and is done with absolute devotion in his workshop.
Filter, Shutter And Mount
The shutter has a 14 pieces set of wood, aluminum, and, steel with a unique mechanism design to manually drive its opening by turning the whole assembly. This design allowed the incorporation of a 52mm filter thread to be able to use effects and colors filters.
Committed To The Environment
NOPO Cameras uses certified woods in its cameras’ construction. All its collaborators belong to the small and medium community industry. This commitment does not end with the construction of the cameras. With each camera coming out from their workshops, they fund the planting of a tree somewhere in the world through the TIS-international reforestation group.
Finally, on its official website www.nopocameras.com you can find much more information besides the respective online store for acquiring your own camera. Tutorial videos of each model along with a nasty pdf manual are available. Also, the next scheduled dates to attend face-to-face courses in your workshop, the duration and content of them. If you love photography and you like to experiment with it, you should know that photographing with a NOPO is going back to the magic of unexpected results, with the charm this implies. In this last video, you can see the presentation of the different models: NOPO120, NOPO 135 and NOPO PAN135.
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