JollyLook Pinhole Instant Film Camera DIY Kit

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The JollyLook Pinhole Instant Film Camera DIY Kit is a modern, vintage-styled fold-out instant film camera DIY kit that combines classic design with environmentally friendly materials, a manual development mechanism, bellows, and an exposure calculator.


Now, you may be thinking why on earth is Newsshooter running an article about a DIY Pinhole camera? Well, the team behind Jollylook team was based in Irpin, Ukraine, which was occupied in the first days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The team was forced to leave Ukraine and moved to Zvolen, Slovakia, where it is now rebuilding the company and is continuing to work on the Jollylook project.

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The whole concept behind the Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit is to bring back the pleasure of building a camera and taking a photograph. Users will be able to set the zoom distance and opening of the shutter.

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What is nice is that instant film enables you to see your results immediately, but in a tangible, analog form.

Key features

  • Vintage Design – The classic vintage-inspired design is striking and attracts attention from all who see it.
  • DIY – There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of DIY, and Jollylook lets you take part in its handcrafting.
  • Mechanical – Capture life’s most precious memories without worrying about running out of power.
  • Precise zoom control – Zoom from 50 mm up to 110 mm towards your subject and take impressive close-up shots.
  • Foldout and Compact – Just a little bigger than an iPhone box, it’s easy for you to bring beautiful memories wherever you go.
  • Easy to build – With easy-to-follow instructions, the Jollylook Pinhole kit can be assembled in 1,5 to 3 hours.
  • A striking display camera – Even when not in use, the Jollylook Pinhole looks beautiful on the shelf!
  • Fun to use – Jollylook Pinhole is a fun and exciting camera that teaches you more about photography while impressing your friends and creating unforgettable instant memories.
  • Beautiful photos – Using Instax mini film, you get ten instant color or monochrome analog photos. Instax is the most reliable, affordable, and long-lasting instant film available.
  • Environmentally-friendly – The body of the Jollylook Auto is made from natural biodegradable laminated wood fiber material.
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The Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit is on the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign site and their goal was to raise $20,000 USD in 30 days. With 29 days to go that goal has already been surpassed.

The first commercially produced Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit cameras are expected to be available in November 2022.

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You can back the project for as little as $69 USD. Like any crowdfunding campaign there are never any guarantees so please use your best judgment before deciding to back a project.

Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit Technical specifications

  • Dimensions folded: 150х100х80 мм
  • Dimensions unfolded (working) position: 150х100х215 мм
  • Viewfinder: Fresnel lens
  • Material: Easily recyclable, FSC certificated biodegradable natural wood fiber.
  • Paint: Natural oils and waxes, renewable raw materials of plant origin.
  • Pinhole diameter: 0,38 mm
  • Focal length: from 50 mm up to 110 mm.
  • Focus: Pinhole, everything in front of the camera is equally focused.
  • Film: Fujifilm Instax mini
  • Picture size: 62 x 46 mm
  • Film development: manual mechanism
  • Power Supply: not needed, fully mechanical
  • Weight: 500 g.

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