Pinhole vs. Lens Comparison
During the summer of 1995 I took a large format photography class at
the International Center for Photography. During the class I decided
I wanted to compare the quality of images taken with a pinhole to
those taken with a lens. The following images were take with a 150mm
f/5.6 lens and a pinhole optimized for 150mm focal length. The images
were taken with the same camera (a Calumet 45N) and I simply swapped
lens boards. The film was Polaroid Type 55. The exposures were based
on a spot meter reading off a grey card with compensasion for the
pinhole and reciprocity. The pinhole images still wound up a bit
darker. The scanning was done with a HP Deskscan 3c. I cropped the
image area by hand, so the image sizes don't match exactly. In each
of the following pairs the lens image is first, followed by the
Grand Army Plaza
This image was take from Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan facing towards
5th Avenue and 60th Street.
This fountain is at The Conservatory in Central Park.
The images are not "great art", and were primarily done to make a
comparison. Personally I like the softeness of the pinhole images.
The pinhole cost a lot less too!
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