Us at DIYP love repurposing old and broken stuff. After all, that’s what DIY is all about. Photographer Fabian Oefner repurposes old cameras in a unique and artistic way, and I absolutely love it. In his project CutUp, he uses resin and a good ol’ saw to turn vintage cameras into amazing, trippy sculptures.
In the past couple of years, we’ve heard of many photographers switching from DSLR to mirrorless. Some of them have gone the other way around, and yet some have changed from MFT to mirrorless. They all have their reasons for these decisions, but switching systems isn’t a trend that came with mirrorless cameras. The “godfather of sports photography” Don Morley changed systems a couple of times in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. In 1976, he ended up using Canon and he told the story about why he made the final switch.
From vintage golden rings to lifelike animals, hidden cameras come in many interesting shapes, sizes and purposes. But in a recently sold collection of Russian spy cameras at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, one of them caught my eye. It’s a spy camera disguised as – a camera. Sometimes works best to hide things in the most obvious places, and this is a perfect example.
In this “Show Me Your Nerd” video produced by Gizmodo, we’ll get to meet David Silver, a man who’s been enamored by cameras since he was a young boy. First inspired to collect when his father gave him his grandfather’s 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, he has since amassed a wide range of vintage cameras. Let’s check out some of his favorite items and find out what he wants to leave as his legacy in the world of photography.
Long before we started discussing whether iPhone can replace compact or DSLR/mirrorless cameras, Apple released QuickTake 100. It was launched in 1994 and was one of the first successful consumer digital cameras. Lazy Game Reviews travels back in time and brings you an unpacking video and a review of this retro treasure. So, what was the experience of taking photos with an Apple product back in 1994?
A new interesting project has been launched on Kickstarter, and vintage camera fans might like it. Meet Jollylook: a simple folding instant camera made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. When you fold it, it takes no more room than a smartphone box. It’s a mechanical camera with no electronic components whatsoever. Just cardboard, paper, a pair of lenses and a plastic cartridge for instant mini photos. It’s more environmentally friendly than the packaging of a regular camera, as it uses less material and it’s all recyclable or recycled. And it gives you instant results using Instax mini film.
Apart from new digital solutions in photo and video technology, it seems that this year the analog and “back to the roots” approach caused the most reactions. After CES 2017, we’re left with many news and impressions. With all the innovations, it’s still something vintage that made the most of us thrilled. It’s launching something new, which is actually old. Yes, I’m talking about Kodak bringing back Ektachrome, and possibly even Kodachrome.
This made me think about the “old days” and how technological innovations in photography were observed back then. And then I saw this video. It’s over 50 years old Kodak commercial, showing their latest technology at the time – the Flashcube.
Cameras have changed over the years. Design consideration, ergonomics and improving electronics (not to mention the move from film to digital) left a mark of cameras form factor.
The folks at ebay deals takes us for a time trip watching how cameras evolved over time in a trippy series of morphing GIFs. Pentax is at the top the following cameras are shown below: Polaroid, Olympus, Leica, Fuji and Canon.
If you suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and would like to sooth the itch for a while, or if you’re simple jealous of your friend’s cameras collection and want to outdo him, this eBay listing is going to make your day.
A collection of roughly 600 cameras, manufactured by Kodaks, Ikontas, Canon, Nikon, Leica, Retina, Voigtlander, Minox, Hit, Polaroid, Revere, Rollei and others, is now for sale on eBay.
The collection represents 100 years of camera history with the oldest camera being from 1880 and the latest is from 1980.
At an average of $60 a piece, these cameras can be yours for $34,900.