The intrepid Ilford Photo company, in their continuing support of silver-based photo imaging technologies has announced the introduction of their Harman Titan Pinhole Photo Kit. The Titan uses a 4×5 film holder, and comes with Ilford Delta 100 Professional film and Harman Direct Positive Paper (at Amazon), which PhotographyUncapped previously wrote about here: Harman Direct Positive Paper for Pinhole Cameras and Large Format
From the Ilford site:
The robust HARMAN TiTAN camera has been designed in conjunction with, and manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras who are well known for their range of Titan large format film cameras. The body is made from injection moulded ABS, finished with a very durable non-slip coating. All fittings are made from stainless steel. This combination of materials makes the camera exceptionally durable and able to withstand extreme natural elements, and rough handling. The camera, which can be used with any photographic film or paper, takes a 4 x 5 film holder and features tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and accessory mount. The kit model comes with a 72mm wide-angle cone, which is interchangeable. Separate cones of 110 and 150mm, which is the same focal length as on a 5 x 4 camera, are planned as optional extras.
The British Journal of Photography reports the UK price as £150 arriving in late October, 2011, and Ilford says “Rest of World from December.”
Seems a bit pricey for a pinhole camera, we think, even with its features. The Direct Positive Paper can be used in almost any homemade pinhole camera configuration, for those of us photo enthusiasts on more limited budgets, or with merely a bent toward tinkering with the tech.
Enjoy, or make and enjoy.