“Earl Grey Pinhole Camera, Model QD….”


The latest model of the famous ‘Earl Grey’ pinhole camera has finally arrived. This is the QD [Quick & Dirty] version, which takes a whopping 20 minutes to assemble. The hardest part is drilling the hole in the bottom of the camera with a quarter inch drill, to provide an opening for the pinhole. Although extremely costly and time consuming ‘by eye’ measurements were made to determine the absolute center of the bottom of the camera, the drill slipped at the last moment and the pinhole opening is off center. This unique feature provides the camera with an unusual ‘point of view’ and thus makes this model extremely valuable since it is the only model in the world with this feature.

Other than the electric drill for the pinhole aperture opening, these are the all the tools and material required to assemble this precision camera:

The camera can be operated in the sheet film or panorama mode. In the sheet film mode a precision piece of hand cut RC enlarging paper is inserted in to the metal lid. In the panorama mode a longer precision hand-cut piece is inserted into the camera body itself.Please note the logo on our lid, we have been proudly making pinhole camera bodies since 1706!
After extensive testing we can report that exposures under a partly cloudy Florida sun, using antique Ilford MG RC paper, are precisely 2 seconds determined by saying, “a thousand and one, a thousand and two,” in rapid succession, while opening and closing the precision blue tape shutter. An added benefit of using panorama mode are the shutter and thumb or possible forefinger outlines becoming part of your image, making it that much more personal.
All cameras are warranted  for the entire life of a pot of Earl Grey tea.

About christian harkness

Photographer and printmaker; living and working in north Florida.
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12 Responses to “Earl Grey Pinhole Camera, Model QD….”

  1. How many megapixels is it?

  2. Well, my team just opened another Earl Grey can and so far we have counted in excess of 212! :)

  3. I’m not going to ask where to stick the batteries!

  4. Thomas says:

    Cool stuff. Funny story…

  5. lobophotography says:

    Lovely, this low-tech stuff!

  6. simon0252 says:

    Fabulous camera and wonderful image!

  7. Many thanks for everybody’s feed-back – I sure appreciate it.

  8. Well Christian, it would appear that I am over thinking my “mark 1” camera.

  9. Well, I think that is the beauty of the pinhole cameras. You can do a quick & dirty’ in a few minutes, or you can make it as wonderful and exquisite as you want to!

    Just realized that for some reason I have not been getting updates of your posts on my Google Reader – so, I have some catching up to do.

  10. Debra says:

    Great post – lovely piece of kit. And the results are excellent. Do you pay much attention to lightproofing it?

    • Hey Debra – no, not with this particular make of can.It works just fine – the lid is tight enough. I don’t have a copy of it, but one of my wife’s students took a great ‘straight’ – that is flat image with it, and the marks from lid and reflections or whatever they are, in the corners, just ‘make’ the entire image. Also, what is of course great, and you do it, is that when you scan the negative, you are not limited to the original size of the image.

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