Amazing what you can do with a pin-hole camera. Correctly used, the results can be stunning.
And their use wasn't restricted to DIYer's either. There was actually a company that was doing precision pin-holes for use with 35mm SLRs. They punched a hole through a piece of gold foil with a laser. They then installed it in a standard mount so it could be swapped just like any other lens on your camera. Because the pinhole was perfectly round
and had no micro-jagged edges
, it was capable of producing quality images like no other pinhole could.
I might have been tempted.
But at something like $350, it didn't take me too long to decide I really didn't need it. ADDNDUM:
I mentioned this to a buddy who does a lot of silver photography. He pointed me to this website. They make less elaborate (i.e. no fancy lensmount or gold foil) precision pinholes for 35mm cameras. And the cost is around $30.