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gandolfi
02-06-2008, 10:58 AM
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...

Nigel
02-06-2008, 11:11 AM
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.

jnanian
02-06-2008, 11:43 AM
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 (http://www.boxcameras.com/no2magcycl.html)

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

john

gandolfi
02-06-2008, 01:10 PM
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 (http://www.boxcameras.com/no2magcycl.html)

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

john

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......

jnanian
02-07-2008, 07:35 PM
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......

that plate camera sounds pretty cool :)
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 ... :(

Nigel
02-10-2008, 09:57 PM
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.

OK, finally got around to a picture.

Photographica
02-13-2008, 10:02 PM
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

gandolfi
02-16-2008, 06:48 PM
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

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%20-%20gorlitz.htm

Later I realized, that the Stirn was worth much more..... (and don't use so much space!):p

jnanian
02-16-2008, 06:53 PM
Later I realized, that the Stirn was worth much more..... (and don't use so much space!):p

AND it is like a flack jacket / bullet proof vest if you are in a bad area ;)

gandolfi
02-17-2008, 06:18 AM
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!!!:p

so I got it cheap!;)