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Tie Fighter Pinhole Camera

A co-worker recently came back from Disneyland and gave me a plastic Star Wars Tie Fighter popcorn bucket that she had purchased. With Worldwide Pinhole Day coming up on April 30th, I thought how cool it would it be to turn this Tie Fighter into a pinhole camera. Now, it’s not as much of a pinhole camera itself as it is a pinhole camera holder. Deep inside the Tie Fighter is a cardboard Sharan 35mm pinhole camera.

The Tie Fighter comes apart in four pieces. The wings come off the center Command Pod which is held together with 6 screws. After taking the Tie Fighter apart, I cut out the hexagon shape (Solar Ionizer Reactor) on the back for the pinhole. My initial plan was to cannibalize parts from a few other pinhole kits, but then decided it would be easier to mount a camera inside. This way I wouldn’t need to modify the Tie Fighter, but know that a camera from a kit worked.

I assembled a Sharan STD-35e pinhole camera that I had purchased a few years ago. The cardboard is pre-cut, sturdy, and the instructions are easy to follow. To make sure the pinhole of the Sharan lines up with the opening on the back of the Tie Fighter, I placed two round Velcro patches on the left and right-hand sides of the camera. And to make sure that the camera doesn’t move, or pop open, I placed a Velcro strap horizontally along the back of the camera. The Sharan fits snug and perfect inside the Tie Fighter, ready to take on any member of the Rebel fleet!

To trigger the shutter, I drilled a small hole in the top of the Tie Fighter and attached a paperclip to the cardboard shutter that covers the pinhole. With the top hatch of the pod closed, the paperclip can be pulled up to let the light pass through the pinhole and expose the film. Because the camera is slightly recessed inside the Tie Fighter, the hexagon shape should create the similar shape on the exposed images adding to the uniqueness.

Advancing the film is done by opening the top hatch of the pod and turning the take-up spool counterclockwise. Loading the film and camera into the pod is not easy. The six screws must be removed so the pod can be taken apart into two pieces. The camera can then be removed to load film, rewind film, remove film, etc.

“Oh, I’m afraid the Tie Fighter Pinhole will be quite operational for Worldwide Pinhole Day.”

Technical Specs:

  • First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter
  • Advance Hyperdrive Engine
  • 2 x Laser Cannons – Turret – Warhead Launcher
  • Two Seat – Pilot & Gunner
  • Pinhole – .16mm
  • Focal Length – 20mm
  • F-Stop – f/130
  • Film Type – 135 (35mm)

2016 Film Events

Kodak Film

Event: March of Film
Date: March 2016
Information: marchoffilm.com
March of Film’s purpose is to spark creativity and share the love of film through photo themes. Photographers are encouraged to select one or more themes, submit and share their photos by April 9, 2016. #MarchOfFilm

Event: Expired Film Day
Date: March 15, 2016
Information: schneidan.com/expired-film-day
Expired Film Day is all about using film that is beyond its expiration date. After shooting your expired film on March 15th, you can visit Dan Schneider’s website, upload up to three images to be shared in a gallery, plus you’ll have a chance to win various prizes. Submission to the gallery can be made March 15th thru April 15th. For tips, tricks and considerations when using expired film, check out this excellent article Dan wrote for Popular Photography, A Guide to Shooting Expired Film. #ExpiredFilmDay

Event: Spring Polaroid Week
Date: April 18 – 24, 2016
Information: flickr.com/groups/roidweek2016
Polaroid Week, also known as ‘Roid Week, began in 2006 as a way for instant photographers to celebrate and share all forms of instant photography. Visit the Flickr link above and join the group. Its common each year for Flickr to feature some of the thousands of instant photos shared. #RoidWeek2016

Event: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day
Date: April 24, 2016
Information: http://pinholeday.org
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is an international event that was created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. Held on the last Sunday in April each year, photographers can locate a pinhole workshop near them, or create their own event. Don’t have a pinhole camera? Visit pinholeday.org and learn how to create your own. #WWPD

Event: International Communist Camera Day
Date: May 1, 2016
Information: flickr.com/groups/1060189@N22
In the former Soviet Union, “International Day of Worker’s Solidarity” was celebrated on May 1st. Film photographers now celebrate the day by using cameras made in Russia. Join the Flickr group and share the images from your commie camera.

Event: International Kodak Film Photography Day
Date: July 12, 2016
Information: flickr.com/groups/ikfpd
As a way to honor George Eastman, photographers use Kodak products and share images in the Flickr group.

Event: Holga Week
Date: July 18, 2016 – July 24, 2016
Information: holgaweek.com
Holga Week may have a different vibe to it this year now that Holga cameras are no longer in production. However, that won’t stop thousands from celebrating by using the original plastic lo-fi medium format camera. Photographers are invited to share images on Flickr. #HolgaWeek

Event: Argus Day
Date: August 16, 2016
Information: arguscg.org
The Argus Collectors Group celebrates the classic American made camera each year in Argus(t).

Event: Street Photography Day
Date: August 22, 2016
Information: No official website
Street Photography Day is celebrated each year on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s birthday and honors the world renowned father of street photography and photojournalism.

Event: International Film Buying Day
Date: October 1, 2016
Information: flickr.com/groups/internationalfilmbuyingday
Not so much of a photo opportunity but a way to show the photographic industry that film is not dead. Go and splurge on your favorite film at your local camera store. Or shop online if you don’t have a local store. #FilmBuyingDay

Event: World Toy Camera Day
Date: October 16, 2016
Information: flickr.com/groups/worldtoycameradayand_then_some
World Toy Camera Day is all about plastic; plastic lenses, plastic bodies, cheap, and sometimes crappy cameras that most would consider a toy. Lo-fi, blurry, and all fun. #WTCD