Thingify Pinhole Pro Max review: it's good, but is it $428 good?

With adjustable zoom and aperture, the Thingify Pinhole Pro Max is "the world's most advanced pinhole lens"

Thingyfy Pinhole Pro Max
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you're looking for the most modern, easy to use pinhole photography possible, the Thingyfy Pinhole Pro Max is absolutely what you're looking for. With an f/36-233(!) aperture range and a 18-36mm zoom, it's the most advanced and versatile pinhole optic you'll ever use – and the results for both stills and video are unlike anything else. The big proviso, of course, is the price – it's advanced, and amazing quality, but it's still a pinhole lens that costs more than a premium prime.


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    Great build quality

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    Adjustable aperture

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    Great results


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    Zoom range very wide

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    Requires a lot of light

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    It's $550!

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The Thingyfy Pinhole Pro Max is the latest pinhole optic from Thingyfy – which has carved out a niche as the manufacturer of premium pinhole lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Previous members of the Pinhole Pro family have boasted a variable aperture or adjustable zoom, but the Thingyfy Pinhole Pro Max is the first to combine 6 apertures (equating to f/36-233) and an 18-36mm zoom range. And it does so with truly premium performance and build quality (and, indeed, "image quality"). 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.