Clipper 6×9 Mask, Again

I got some fans excited with the previous announcement of the Clipper 6×9 mask.  The mask slips inside the Clipper 6×18 and allows you to take eight 6×9 exposures instead of four 6×18 exposures.  That doubles the number of shots per roll when you do not need extreme panoramic shots.

Unfortunately, the previous design had to be printed as a solid curved shape, took a long time to print, required a big box, and at least $6 shipping US.  I only did a few.  So it was time to find a way to print one that could be mailed in an envelope.

After several iterations, I’ve done a flat mask that is quick to print, flexible enough to bend properly inside the Clipper, easy to insert and remove, and yet sturdy enough to last quite a long time if you are careful with it.

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Three 6×9 masks off the printer on an envelope

The ends of the mask drop into the corners as shown in the photos below.  The smooth side of the mask faces the film and the rough side faces the pinhole.

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Royal 4×5

I’ve been working on a new pinhole camera design using 4×5 paper for the new Galaxy Hyperspeed direct positive paper. With an ASA of 125, this paper promises to be a new milestone for pinhole photographers! This new camera has a curved backplane, unusual for 4×5 cameras, and promises to yield some exceptional photographs. It’s small enough that you can reload the camera in a changing bag for multi-shoot sessions and each photo is an original! No enlarger or scanner & printer needed, just a light-tight bathroom and three trays in the bathtub to process (developer, stop, fixer). This one has a brass shutter activated by a cable release only, with no manual lever. Of course, it’s also possible to skip the shutter parts and use black tape over the pinhole.

I don’t have any of the Galaxy paper yet, but I’ll publish photos when I do, as well as my plans for making this available. Right now, there are 3 in the world and 2 are going to testers.

For more information on Galaxy Hyperspeed Paper – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/114183606/galaxy-hyper-speed-direct-positive-photo-paper