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Marcy's Paint Can Camera Review:

    Mama always said, "Accessories make the camera." This camera holds true to the adage. It accessorizes impeccably, with a minimal yet thoroughly functional array of mix and match accoutrements.

She looks as if her mouth has been duct-taped, but that's the magnetic shutter covering the pinhole.

Comes with a piece of tracing paper for viewing the image .. and a rubber band, which holds everything together. The washer on top is used to pop the top off the can - very ingenious!

This older version of the Pain Can Camera has another pinhole on the end of the can. Since this was a limited edition and is no longer made, I'm assuming it's highly collectible.

Jim Kosinski of Starlight Cameras sent me this pinhole camera. Admirably, he donates a pinhole camera to an educational institution every week. Junk Store Cameras ain't exactly an educational institution, but we appreciate the donation nevertheless. I do believe he's trying to up our standards here. At any rate, I found this camera to be loads of fun! The pinhole that's drilled into the side creates a panoramic effect.

The first image. It was on paper:


Using film in the quart can:

I did a funky job of film cutting. Paper cutters in the darkroom make me nervous.

After using the first quart size Paint Can Camera, I received the latest edition of the quart can, a Gallon Paint Can Camera and Starlight Camera's darkroom kit. So I got out the drop cloth, rolled up my sleeves,  and set about cutting film and paper and just generally having a good time with it all.

The latest edition of the gallon and quart Paint Can Cameras + instruction sheet.

The darkroom kit in its package.

The darkroom kit revealed.

Each of these items comes with an EASY to understand instruction sheet. Check out that darkroom kit! Simplicity at its finest. You can even process the paper in the plastic container it's packaged in. One of the available pinhole cameras has the option of development inside the camera. I highly recommend a visit to Starlight Cameras Website. Everything is affordable, simple to use and ingeniously well thought out. Unlike my web site, which is filled with petty prejudice, trivial pursuits and at times, outright lies - Jim's web site has valuable information coupled with ideas for expansion of knowledge beyond the obvious - with only two spelling or grammatical errors. He oughta get a prize.


Above left, quart can vertical on paper. (Exposure; twenty minutes, daylight, filtered through window.) Above right, quart can vertical printed from a negative. (Exposure; about one hour with one halogen light.)


Quart can horizontal, from negative.

(Exposure; about one hour with one halogen light.)

Gallon can from negative.

(Exposure; about 1 1/2 hours - one halogen light.)

The dog decided to sit in front of the camera and scratch her ear, that explains the big dark glob ... I had little dinosaurs set up and everything ... sometimes the best laid plans ...


The problem with carrying a Paint Can Camera is that it's obviously a paint can. Here's a comparison::

Concealing a Minox in my pants.

Attempting to conceal a Paint Can Camera in my pants.



Concealing a one gallon paint can. In those coveralls, no one would guess that I'm anything other than a painter, right?


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