The Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera uses 120 roll film and produces 6×6 square negatives. The Zero 2000 6×6 (120) roll film camera has an equivalent 35mm focal length of 25mm and is capable of producing excellent images but you must forget about sharpness because pinhole photography is all about atmosphere!
The Zero 2000 is made of Teak wood and has more than 15 layers of coating applied by hand and comes with with solid brass fixings. The interior of the camera is painted in matte black to prevent the reflection of light. Not a single circuit board or battery in sight!
Loading The Zero 2000
Unscrew the top plate which allows the rear cover to slide up and off. There are two 120 cassette sprockets with the right socket taking the unexposed roll and the left sprocket requiring an empty 120 cassette for the exposed film to be wound on.
When inserting the film take up spool, just ensure that you have the film spool tension spring in the right position as sown in the diagram opposite.
The single direction winding mechanism prevents the film from curling back and has a good amount of resistance.
Simply place the film leader into the empty cassette and turn the film winder knob whilst looking through the rear red window until you see a number one, which should be printed onto the film back.
My only gripe about this is that it can be sometimes difficult to read the frame numbers through the red window, especially for people like myself who are colour blind. I overcame this by removing the red window and put a piece of black tape over the rear of the camera which I remove when winding onto the next frame.
Located on the rear of the Zero 2000 is a small brass disc which acts as an exposure calculator. Take a light reading, rotate the disc to the light reading at the light meters aperture and then read off the correct exposure next to the f/138 scale.
Personally, I much prefer to to use a chart. I have created some Zero Image pinhole calculation charts which can be downloaded for Free.
How I use The Zero 2000
My Zero Image 2000 is permanently attached to a tripod because with such a small aperture, shutter speeds are more than likely going to exceed 1 second so I want the camera to be as stable as possible.
For me, black and white film shows better as the final image but to be fair, I am not a great fan of colour photography. Having exposed may rolls of film, I have come to the conclusion that choosing the right scene is important. Both shadow and light seem to create the best images.
The only issue now is how to frame the scene in-front of the camera. As there are no guidelines on the camera, I created a viewing aid out of some old picture mount board. By holding the viewing aid 25cm from your eye, you get a pretty good idea of what is going to be included in the frame.
Zero Image 2000 Viewing Aid
Is Pinhole For You
Pinhole photography isn’t for everyone but if you want to produce images with a different look and style, you would do very well with this camera. This is really a back to the basics photography camera and regardless of you current photography level, why not add one to your kit and when the mood takes you, go back to beginning and forget the pixel race.
Zero 2000 Examples
These four photographs were made on the same day at Whitby and Saltburn By The Sea. I used Fuji Acros film and processed them in PyrocatHD developer.
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