Quoting the press release:
Wanderlust Cameras is proud to announce the general availability of Pinwide, the world's widest digital pinhole. Designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the impressive 11mm focal length (22mm equivalent) finally brings real wide-angle pinhole photography into the digital era.
Wanderlust's Pinwide is a true Kickstarter success story, with 100% of the U.S.-based tooling and manufacturing costs funded by preorders from Kickstarter backers. After shipping over 600 preorders, Wanderlust Cameras is excited to invite everyone to join in the fun!
Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds. With the exception of the Panasonic AF100, Pinwide is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Field of view: ~80°
Focal length: 11mm (22mm equivalent)
Materials: Precision injection molded polycarbonate with a scientific-grade metal aperture
Designed and manufactured in the United States
Software: Specialized Pinwide processing software arriving May 2011 allows fine-tuning
Price: $39.99, shipping now.
I think it's cool that this was a Kickstarter (kickstarted?) project. Here's the link.
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Featured Comment by Jeffrey Goggin: "I have one of these—I was one of the early contributors to the Kickstarter project—and I've been experimenting with it for a couple of weeks now on my E-P1 (because unlike my GF1, it has in-body IS, so I can handhold it). So far, my results have been mixed, which is hardly a surprise as handheld pinhole photography is just about the complete opposite of my usual style of photography, but I have found the process to be a lot of fun and have no regrets about having shelled out $40 for the 'lens.'"
Featured Comment by Robert Spoecker: "I do not get it. All the Pinwide sample pictures I have seen are soft focus and extremely vignetted. I knew pinhole cameras vignetted but did not realize the focus would be so soft. Why would I add a very soft lens that vignettes to my lineup of lenses when I already have two zooms for my Lumix G2 that are sharp and don't vignette?"
Ctein replies: Robert, In fact, pinhole photos are not very sharp, ever. Not compared to ones on the same film/sensor format made with lenses. But they're equally sharp/unsharp everywhere—the depth of field is effectively infinite. That gives them a unique look that many people like. Pinhole photos made with short focal length "lenses" will be less sharp, relative to their size, than large format ones. It's an inevitable result of the laws of geometric optics. It's pretty easy to calculate the resolution of a pinhole camera system, and most pinhole aficionados know what degree of sharpness to expect out of what format. It's pretty clear you're not one of those, but rest assured that the gadget is working as expected for the pinholers.
Featured Comment by Bill Bresler: "Nice idea, but as an old pinhole guy I've realized that the smallest format that looks accceptable to me is 6x9 cm; 4x5 inches is even better. I once made a pinhole body cap for my Leica M4 (Talk about perverse!) and the results were just too soft and weird. I do have fun with the Holga WPC 6x12 that my kids got me a couple of Christmases ago, and a 4x5 hacked from a home-built field camera."