Pinhole photography is one of the most basic forms of photography but still a popular experimental subject with many photographers. A new Kickstarter project by Thingify is now aiming to give pinhole photography a more modern touch. The pinhole lens that is the subject of the crowdfunding campaign is the first to offer a variable aperture.

The 50mm lens comes with 8 different pinhole sizes, from 0.1mm to 0.8mm, and is made from anodized aluminium alloy. It also features a mechanical aperture ring and a 58mm front filter thread, giving it pretty much the look and feel of a DSLR standard lens.

Sample image taken on Nikon D750 and Pinhole Pro, image: Thingify/Searing

Thingify says the 0.8mm allows for enough light to pass to use Live Preview in low-light scenes. This is useful when shooting video or for pre-framing and a shot and then shooting at a smaller aperture. The Pinhole Pro will be available with Canon EOS/EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds and Pentax K mounts and will only cost you approximately $50. The campaign has also raised several times its target amount, so the project will definitely go ahead. If that sounds interesting to you, you should hurry. The campaign only runs for three more days. More information and sample shots are available on the Pinhole Pro Kickstarter page.