A zone plate diffracts light; consequently zone plates are closely related
to pinhole. Zone plates render soft-focus imagery, yet they are not like soft-focus
lens imagery, and their look is not at all like pinhole imagery. The beauty
within a zone plate image is the recognizable halo or glow that surrounds
any strong-contrast edge ... "
~by Eric Renner~
zone plate consists of a serious of concentric rings, with each ring alternating
between transparent and opaque.
zone plate is different from a pinhole for it renders soft-focus imagery and
allows more light to get to the film, i.e. allowing a shorter exposure time.
The more the zones in a plate increases the glow effect, and decreases the
required shutter speed.
Zone plate images by field camera with Zero Image
4 x 5 field camera, Polaroid
type 59, image transfer ...
Zone plate version of Zero
2000 6 x 6 format, hand-held and all exposure time is by guess ...
where Zero 2000 is born
6 x 6 format Zero 2000 zone plate camera,
with tripod ...
|The First Touch
Flash zone plate photography with zone
plate mount on Hassebald camera.
Where you can see the difference
between pinhole images and zone plate images ...
plate installed in a 4 x 5 lens. Adaptor ring is machined by our camera
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doing a lot of experiments and testing, we re-launch the zone plate set
with with focal length of 90mm, 135mm, 150mm, 180mm, 240mm and 300mm.
zone plate is special designed for our Copal adaptor but you can use it
with any of your camera. Don't miss it!!!