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Man Disguises Digital Camera as 70-Year-Old Vintage Camera to Troll Strangers

John (AKA knife141) loves turning junk into unusual creations, and one day came up with idea of building a camera for the sole purpose of confusing strangers. He took a $15 digicam and transformed it into a Argus C3 from the mid-1900s:

My goal was to install a modern digital camera inside the housing of an old, obsolete camera. I thought it might be fun to pull this camera out in a crowd of people and make them wonder why in the world an old man would continue to use a camera that was obviously as old as he was, as opposed to something more modern.

[...] I’ve had a lot of fun with this camera, taking it places and watching people’s puzzled looks as I appear to be using an old beat-up camera that was made about the time I was born! I have even had people approach me and ask if I can still get film developed — with no idea that the heart of my camera is actually digital! I have also had people ask me how many pictures I can take with the camera, and they always look puzzled when I tell them, “Oh, around 4,000 or so.”


Here’s the Pentax point-and-shoot that he purchased from a garage sale:

Since the Pentax didn’t fit into the original Argus, he created a new “body” and attached the Argus front and rear covers to it:

He also transferred some of the old knobs onto the new body:

John also wrote up a step-by-step walkthrough for anyone else who wants to try their hand at trolling strangers and other photo enthusiasts.

60 year old digital camera?? (via Hack a Day)


 
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  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    Poor Argus :(

    The quality of pics that thing takes with 35mm will own any point an shoot…

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMilleker John Milleker

    Old? Yes. Obsolete? It takes 35mm film which is still easy to buy (and I would rather shoot 35mm than a crummy low-megapixel, plastic lens Pentax P&S).

    Way to trash a piece of history. This camera basically helped the 35mm film revolution and was the best selling camera for almost 30 years.

    I can only hope that the camera was broken and John genuinely tried to have it repaired before deciding to hack and slash it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    PREACH IT!

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    It was a broken one that he bought somewhere for $9

  • Please Stop

    I don’t understand what the point is? What do you get out of the trick, really bad digital images?

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMilleker John Milleker

    Thanks Michael, if it was broken I can almost forgive him.. :)

    Still though, even broken these things are a fantastic show piece. I have one I shoot and one I display.

  • ceebeee

    Unsmart. Do it the other way round. That’ll be impressive!

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMilleker John Milleker

    Now THAT would be something!

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Why?!?

  • http://www.slruser.com/ lukeBme

    I can see how it would be amusing to pass this thing around to strangers. But one look at the top would totally give the secret away to me.
    Its still really fun.

  • Autocord

    As a 40 year old film shooter that uses a camera 10 years older than I am and loves telling people how beautiful film is and how easy it is to still buy and develop film I think this is appalling.
    And he did it for the purpose of confusing strangers?? I guess it worked because it sure confused me….

  • Autocord

    As a 40 year old film shooter that uses a camera 10 years older than I am and loves telling people how beautiful film is and how easy it is to still buy and develop film I think this is appalling.
    And he did it for the purpose of confusing strangers?? I guess it worked because it sure confused me….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536838494 Marschal A. Fazio

    I own a brick and I love it. I also own several other vintage cameras that I shoot with. They by themselves are conversation starters you don’t need to turn them into some kind of frankencamera. Even if the Argus was broken they are quite easy to fix with a little time and minimal experience. I have worked on and fixed my Argus with no prior camera repair experience, just some tools I picked up at Home Depot and a few Step-by-step webpages.

    Normally I do not like to talk bad about someones project but the Argus has a special place in my heart.

  • Andrew

    I’m surprised anyone cares enough to question him at all about the camera. Lots of people shoot film cameras, many that are very old. I do. No one ever stops me in the street and asks me why I am shooting with an old camera when I could be using digital.

  • http://twitter.com/simonmeisinger Simon Meisinger

    what a boring idea with a total fake-story. there are thousand and thousand of people still shooting film. why would anyone stop somebody using an old camera and ask him why he’s doing this?!

  • ken

    the comments in this thread are funny.

  • thmemorykeeper

    Own three bricks and finally gave up ’cause focus still soft. I tried to adjust rangefinder with tape and a ground glass and still blur rules; I know only one camera repair store in my area and they take for ever though the do great work.

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    I miss my Argus C3, used to have the flash unit too. Then I could troll too!

  • Alan Dove

    There is no such thing as a broken Argus C3. You could drive nails into fenceposts with one of these bricks, then turn around and take lovely photos through a lens most digital P&Ss can only dream about having.

  • Ryan McGinnis

    Hell, I still shoot with an Argus C3 from time to time.  With flashbulbs, at that.  I didn’t realize I was trolling people!

  • Joey Miller

    I shoot instant film with a Graflex Series D from 1936, and it always gets people talking, mostly because, well, it’s HUGE and I have prints to show right then and there. This guy’s mod is just a waist of a good camera.

  • http://www.davidnormanphotography.ca Dochertyinbc

    This makes total sense to me (sorry critics!). During a year of street assignments from photo school I became increasingly frustrated by peoples aversion to having big DSLR’s, especially with long lenses attached, pointing in their direction. Street photographers using rangefinders seldom receive any attention. Using my older film cameras people were open to speaking nicely with me and many even offered to have their pictures taken! The only problem I see with this converted Argus is the shutter lag inherent in the Point & Shoot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Hendriks/575293969 Ron Hendriks

    That would be a perfect place to hide a Pentax Q in!