Unusual stuff - what's out there?

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  1. gandolfi

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    just for the fun of it...

    I have a weakness for strange cameras and accessories that goes with photography.

    And I'd love to see what you have in your possesion..

    Old stuff - new stuff - wacky stuff - gizmo's that noone knows what's for (or one can ask here..)

    upload some images - or make a link ..

    I'll go first:

    I just got this 100+ year old "fingerprint camera"....
    I think I can make it work.

    nega about 10x15cm, but with three exposures on each film ("instant tripty's?)

    looks nice but strange...
     

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    I have an Agimatic rangefinder. I run film through it very occasionally. My father bought it used in the 60's. It still has the Royal Warrant on it from the seller. I will see if I can upload a photo later.
     
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    i don't have it anymore, but i had a variable shutter speed
    falling plate camera. it took 9x12 plates ...
    you loaded them all standing up in the back, with a spring putting
    pressure on them ... clicked the shutter and then wiggled a knob to allow
    the plate to fall to the bottom of the camera.
    the shutter was a simple guillotine that flopped back and forth
    with shutter speed knob that changed the tension on the blade.
    i used to buy them and take the cobwebs out of the shutters, do a cla
    and resell them. from time to time i would use them.

    i still have a 4x5 version of the same camera called a "cyclone sr" ...
    looks like this

    haven't had a chance to restore it but will be lots of fun!

    john
     
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    I had one of those once also!

    Actually, a danish inventer once made a camera for (I think) 24 18x24 glass plates in one go!!
    Like a Large format camera with a motor!...

    He made a lot of camera under the name NORKA, and many of those were exported to the States in the thirties..

    However; noone seems to know about them.

    A shame. they were beautiful - and practical even though nor small......
     
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    that plate camera sounds pretty cool :smile:
    its amazing what people invent.

    i have always wanted a mandelette post card camera
    ( http://www.vintagephoto.tv/mandelette.shtml )

    they come up on FEEbay from time to time
    but are missing the tank or something else ... :sad:
     
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    OK, finally got around to a picture.
     

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    Stirn Vest Camera

    Here's a picture of my Stirn Vest camera. The lens is designed to go through a man's vest button hole. The cool thing about this camera is that it uses a circular glass negative creating several round images on each glass plate.
    http://www.photica.net/Photica/images/1302web.jpg
     
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    ooh - I was offered one of those many years ago. But I had limited funds, so I bought a huge mahogany camera on a studio stand in stead (same price)....

    http://www.emilschildt.com/EGO-KAMERAER - gorlitz.htm

    Later I realized, that the Stirn was worth much more..... (and don't use so much space!):tongue:
     
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    AND it is like a flack jacket / bullet proof vest if you are in a bad area :wink:
     
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    beauties

    well - this might not be too unusual, but they are very beautiful...

    I have three old darkroom lights for petrol. "Ruby glass" it is called, and lighting them gives you a real porn light...:D

    the two in one picture are about 25cm high - the single one about 30cm (the bird just came and sat on it...)

    I got this lamp last year in Prague. I have seen several in stores, but they never wanted to sell it - it was a part of their collection of old stuff...

    But this one I found in a antique store. The woman in the store had no clue on what it was - she said it was a strange light - not good to use for reading!!!:tongue:

    so I got it cheap!:wink:
     

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