My dad bought me a pinhole camera kit from a car boot sale. It’s made by Science Museum and is a plastic kit that fits together very simply.
You make the pinhole for the exposure using aluminium foil and so you can adjust the hole (and exposure) between films by replacing the foil.
It has a “shutter” mechanism which is basically a cover between the pinhole and the inside of the camera with a “spring loaded” mechanism (elastic band in this case) to keep it in the shut position.
I think the use of the shutter adds to camera shake rather than being able to keep the camera steady and remove a cap.
It takes 35mm film and has a winder with a ratchet to keep the film from slipping back. The winder has an arrow on so you can estimate a new frame by winding a complete turn. As the film winds on though and the roll gets fatter the exposures get more and more spaced out. It’s a toy and not a precision camera!
The processor’s scanner couldn’t pick up the exposures because so many didn’t turn out they were very widely spaced. Luckily my home scanner did better with the cut strips of negatives.
I wasn’t too hopeful of any results from my first film as all I had was 400asa film. This is really too fast for a pinhole exposure. But I did manage to get a few photos to turn out.
I’m looking forward to trying it out again with a slower film and seeing if I can get less blurry images! But it’s a start and was fun.
If you’re interested in buying one for yourself then UK people can try here on amazon.co.uk
I’m not sure they are stil making this particular kit as I can’t find it their own web site www.sciencemuseumstore.com
Both of these are also on amazon if you search for “pinhole camera kit”
Or you can always make your own! Try www.flickr.com/groups/pinholephotography/ for some ideas.