The Pinhole Blender Mini 35

In the following pages you will see how easy it is to make wondeful photographs using a Mini Blender. The Pinhole Blender Mini 35mm uses one pinhole or zone plate lens to multiple expose your subjects into a collaged panorama. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with your new camera and learn how to load, advance and shoot with this exciting new twist on an old idea.

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Loading the Camera

The winding system for the Mini Blender uses a reloadable film cassette as a take-up holder. This cassette is assembled with the spindle upside down. First, cut the leader off your film and tape it to the take-up spindle with both spool ends facing up.
Slip cassette outer cover over spindle so that resulting assembly mirrors the supply roll.
Pinch the cassette while snapping the end cap in place to complete the take-up spool. Make sure both spindle ends are facing up.
Hold the Mini Blender in front of you with the lenses pointing away from you. The supply cassette goes on the right, the take-up cassette goes on left. The film wraps around center tube with emulsion of the film facing out. The emulsion side is the lighter side of the film.
Align camera lid so that spool ends fit through the holes in the lid. Insert turning knobs into protruding cassette ends. Using the edge of the knob as a guide advance the film using advance side turning knob, turning in the clockwise direction. Follow the arrows marked on the label. When advancing the film, release tension on the supply side first (turn clockwise), then wind up the slack with the take-up side knob.


With cover in place turn advance knob 4 full turns (complete revolutions) in clockwise direction to set camera for image #1. After each image turn advance film a third (1/3) a rotation to advance film so that the each image will blend into one continuous blended montage. Alternativly you can rotate the advance knob more to give further seperation to your image. Advancing a whole turn will leave you with individual spaced images.

imgThis camera comes with two lenses attached to a magnet. Position this on the inside of the camera with the writing facing inwards. Position the lens of your choice over the hole in the camera. The pinhole lens has an f-stop of 200. The zone plate has and f stop of 64.

Use the enclosed exposure chart to calculate exposures based upon a light meter reading. Use Pinhole Blender logo magnet as a shutter to cover the lens hole on the outside of the camera. Some customers prefer to use black photographers tape or electrical tape to cover the lenses or to secure the lid to the camera. body.

When exposures are done, use rewind knob to wind the film back into original cassette. When rewinding the film, release tension on the take-up side first, then wind up the slack with the supply side knob. Keep a slow steady pace when rewinding film, if not the film will bunch up and seem to stop winding when there is still film in the take-up spool. A changing bag is a helpfull tool to use if you are unsure if the film is completely re-wound.