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Zone Plate

" 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~



A zone plate consists of a serious of concentric rings, with each ring alternating between transparent and opaque.

Enlarged Zone Plate

A 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 Gallery




Pinhole Vs Zone Plate



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Where you can see the difference between pinhole images and zone plate images ...



Zone Plate Adapter





Zone plate installed in a Copal Shutter. Adaptor ring is machined by our camera designer, this adapter is no longable available!

Kiev Converted to Zone Plate






To test the zone plate, we convert a Kiev to a zone plate camera with extension tube for different focal length testing!

Kodak Retina Conversion





To test the zone plate, we convert a Kiev to a zone plate camera with extension tube for different focal length testing!

Zone Plate Set





After 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.

This zone plate set is special designed for our Copal adaptor but you can use it with any of your own-made camera. It is not compatible with the our Zero camera!!!






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