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Pinsta camera features

Pinsta is a camera which can shoot directly onto positive 4x5 inch photographic paper. It develops internally, and can be used on the go, wherever you are and whenever you like for creating and sharing real analogue prints!

A photo taken with Pinsta onto Harman direct positive paper, exposure time 4 minutes
  • Makes analogue photography available to everyone
  • Transfer paper or negatives from your existing large format camera for on site developing
  • Lets you print analogue photos wherever you are and whenever you like
  • Be sure that you have a good shot before you move on
  • Enlarge your own 35mm, 6x45 and 6x6 negatives without the need for a darkroom
  • Lets you be creative like never before with Pinsta's internal slide system
  • Preserve, engage in and show people the magic of analogue photography
  • Learn more about traditional processes
  • Perfect for education and photography workshops
  • Thoughtfully made Pinsta prints make wonderful presents for friends and family


 Pinsta is also a mini-enlarger! For those already shooting film and wanting to get into analogue printing without the expense or need for a darkroom, Pinsta is here to help! Simply load your negatives into the internal enlargement slide and you can enlarge them onto 4x5 inch paper. You can even create prints with fun and creative frames and overlays using Pinsta's ingenious internal slide system.

A photo taken with Pinsta onto Harman direct positive paper. Exposure time 2.5 minutes

Anyone can use Pinsta to produce photographic prints of their own, at home or out and about and without any further investment in darkroom equipment besides a dark bag for loading your next shot. Nothing beats the feeling of mounting your very own real photographic prints around your home.

Enlarge your negatives to 4x5 using Pinsta

The sense of wonder you get upon revealing your first perfectly exposed photographic print can't be matched! You will learn from the prints you get wrong, and you will treasure the prints that you get right. This is raw photography, it's really good fun, it draws a crowd and it's a little bit of magic!


 Find out what Mike Padua thinks of Pinsta Camera:

Loading paper, taking photos and developing your Prints:

Loading your Pinsta camera couldn't be easier, simply put your camera and your photographic paper into the dark/changing bag to load a new piece of paper into the camera back. To take a shot simply position your camera and open the shutter. Typical exposure on a sunny day is 2 minutes.

A photo taken with Pinsta onto Harman direct positive paper. Exposure time 3 minutes

Your prints are developed with regular photographic chemistry and it is inserted and extracted with syringes.  When you are developing the camera body is your darkroom and your camera back becomes your developing tray!

A clear demonstrational version of Pinsta shows how it develops prints internally

Developing of black and white paper is a simple process so you can't really get it wrong. Develop for 1 minute, fix for 30 seconds to 4 minutes (depending on the paper) and add water to wash before revealing your amazing photographic print. A set of syringes will develop around 4-5 shots depending on which photographic paper you are using. The syringes are then replenished with your own chemistry once it is exhausted. 


Enlarging negatives:

Enlarging negatives with Pinsta is very much like taking a photo except that you position the negative inside the camera in-between the pinhole and the photographic paper using Pinsta's unique negative enlargement slide.

You then rotate the shutter disc to position the diffuser spot over the pinhole. Illuminating this spot with a bright light source transposes your negative onto the photographic paper inside. Your enlargement is then developed as if you had taken a photo. 

Using the Light Baffle/Filter slide to customize images:

The internal light baffle prevents light from bouncing off the camera walls and fogging your image but it can also be used as a filter slide and for customising your photos or enlargements with overlays, textures, double exposures or shaped exposures..  There is a huge amount of creative potential with this slide. 

Using Pinsta's light baffle for filters and customised exposures
Customising the shape of your exposures with the light baffle/filter slide


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Posted by Rodney Bates
1st November 2021

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