The Pinhole SnapPak

By on June 3, 2016

This month Hipstamatic has decided to surprise you! The new Pak doesn’t relate to a city, or even a famous photographer, but pays tribute to the earliest ancestor of photography: the pinhole camera.


A pinhole camera, also known as the "camera obscura", is a very simple device that allows you to make a photographic camera. It is basically a simple box with a tiny hole pierced through one side; allowing a ray of light to pass through. The image is projected onto the surface opposite this hole and can be captured on a light-sensitive support, such as photographic paper, for example.


It’s a principal that was already applied during Greek antiquity. Aristotle (384-322 BC) was the first to describe it.

Hence, the new Hipstamatic film has been named Aristotle: a black and white film with a light vignette. The pinhole camera effect can be obtained by combining Aristotle with the new Penny lens, which will add a concave distortion to your pictures. As usual you will have to test these elements together with any of the other elements in the catalogue to discover all the possibilities.


This month, Hipstamatic is even adding a cherry on top of the cake: a new case called the DIY! Congratulations to the team for the beautiful design.


So, it’s your turn to test the new Pinhole SnapPak and please, do send us your thoughts, comments and tips.


This post is also available in: French


  1. James Guerin

    June 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Can you explain how you achieve action photos such as the guy on the bike with a pinhole camera? f/135? These sample photos were clearly taken with a lens and not a pinhole.

  2. RK

    June 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    James – it’s just a crappy effect. No one is really using a pinhole camera here.

  3. vasilis vasilakakis

    June 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I downloaded the pinhole snakpak but the film is color.

  4. KL

    June 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I can confirm that the film is color. iPhone 4s, Hipstamatic 314.

    • haldar

      June 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Same to me! The Aristotle film in not black & white, is a color film in iPhone 4s with Hipstamatic 314.

    • m0rphues

      July 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      same problem :( iPhone4S, 314

  5. vasilis vasilakakis

    June 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    In addition to my previous comment about pinhole snakpak the lens also doesn t produce any pinhole effect.Iphone 4s/hipstamatic 314.

  6. James

    June 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Pinhole and Fashion SnapPak are the reasons why I upgrade my classic 280. Truly amazing lenses and films! Great work!
    (I still have the 280 version on my 6s. Always classic!)

  7. mniessen

    June 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I was excited about the introduction of the pinhole lens, but unfortunately I’m definitely not getting the pinhole effect/distortion. Also, the Aristotle film is in colour.
    Hipstamatic 314, iPhone 4S, iOS 9.2.1

  8. frank

    June 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    pinhole snappak: film is in colour and lens doesn’t give a pinhole effect.

  9. Sharon

    June 13, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Images taken w pinhole lose all pinhole effects when sent to cloud photo stream. Why?

  10. Maurizio ErMan Mansueti

    June 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Download the new update from itunes and the problem is solved! Love the pinhole SnapPack!

    • m0rpheus

      July 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      i downloaded update from itunes and doesn’t work…

  11. abnoon17

    March 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    My Aristotle doesn’t do color and I wish it did with the tones I see on some of the lense pairings. Is there any way to get color?

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