Marquardt International Pinhole - The 4x5" Large Format Pinhole Camera, Hand-Made in Germany


News (Jun 5 2014) - Nine Down, One To Go

Making the MIP has been an exciting journey and we thank you all for being part of it! Since its release in April, nine of the ten hand-made one-of-a-kind MIPs have been sold. There is only one camera left from the first production run of ten: MIP serial #7 (Service Tree).

Thanks to all of you who believed in this project from the start and who helped make it a success! After MIP #7 has been sold, we will take a deep breth and start planning the future of the MIP.

Some of our early thoughts are to make the camera more modular, so instead of selling you the whole package (camera body, box, pinhole, strap, cassette) we might offer all the parts separately, so if you don't want to get the transport & presentation box, you can go with the camera body itself. This will bring the price down and make it more accessible to more people.

Again, these are early thoughts, and I can't guarantee we'll do it this way, but I'd love to hear from you with any ideas! A second production run will take at least two months, probably more, so there's time for your inputs to make a difference! Let me know your thoughts at chris@chrismarquardt.com

Cheers,
Chris Marquardt


MIP #1 - Ash Tree
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Ashtree is a hardwood, typically used for making bows, tool handles, baseball bats and other uses demanding high strength and resilience.

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MIP #2 - Flamed Pear
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Pear wood is one of the preferred materials in the manufacture of high-quality woodwind instruments and furniture.

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MIP #3 - European Maple
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European Maple is the wood of choice for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, it is also commonly used in archery due to its stiffness and strength.

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MIP #4 - European Yew
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European Yew is extremely flexible, yet strong, making it ideally suited for use in archery bows. In fact, Yew was the wood of choice for English longbows in medieval warfare.

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MIP #5 - Wild Pear
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Wild Pear is often used for tool handles and fishing rods. Native Americans used it for arrow shafts.

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MIP #6 - Satinwood
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Satinwood has a fine texture and a slight pleasant fragrance when cut. It is traditionally used in decorative veneer and inlay work.

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MIP #7 - Service Tree
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The Service Tree is native to Europe, its fruits are used as a component of a cider-like drink. The long-lived tree is known to get 400 years and older and its wood is characterised by its beautiful tones.

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MIP #8 - Fiddleback Ash
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Fiddleback Ash is often used as material for electric guitar bodies and, less commonly, for acoustic guitar bodies, known for its bright, cutting tone and sustaining quality.

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MIP #9 - European Cherry
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European Cherry trees produce one of the most desirable woods. Cherry wood has traditionally been used in the manufacture of fine furniture. It is a reddish brown hard wood with a very fine texture.

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MIP #10 - Almond Pear
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Almond Pear is a hardwood. As opposed to regular more fleshy pink colored pear wood, it has contrasting heart wood throughout.

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