Chicago-based designer Dan Riordan woke up one morning, saw his Polaroid Land Camera 95A, and thought to himself, “I can make a lamp of out that”. So he did. Now, after several months of perfecting his build process, he’s selling these hand-crafted lamps for $150 through his Etsy store. The lamps are LED powered, last 50,000 hours without needing a new bulb, and are dimmable so you can adjust the brightness to your liking.
(via KEH Blog)
Remember the 100 pixelated camera illustrations by Billy Brown we featured a little while back? Well, you can now decorate your wall with them by ordering them as vinyl decals. For $36 you can choose either 30 small decals or 10 large ones over on Scribble on Everything.
Remember the pastel baby box cameras that we featured a while ago? Well the seller, Mel Stringer (girliepains on Etsy), has a new design for vintage box cameras that’s inspired by cameras such as the Brownie, Bakerlite, and Ensign. These could make nice table decorations for when you hang out with your photography-lovin’ friends. The templates come on A4-sized PDF files and a cost $4 through Stringer’s store.
iPhoneography (i.e. iPhone photography) is exploding in popularity, and undoubtedly many people jumping into the craze will want to share their work in a non-digital way in addition to broadcasting their photos on the Interwebs. The Boo Box by hatchcraft is a handmade bamboo frame designed specifically for iPhone photographs. It’s available in three different colors (light, mixed, and dark) and costs $20 from the hatchcraft store.
By the way, hatchcraft was started by Shane Rich, the guy who created the “Million Dollar Homepage of Photography” that we featured at the beginning of the year.
The soft cases that are often bundled with higher-end lenses are good for preventing minor scrapes and bruises, but offer little when it comes to protecting your glass against harsher dangers. The BETA Shell line of SLR lens cases are designed to guard your lens against most things extreme environments can throw at them, offering protection from water, impacts, and extreme temperatures.
The cases range in price from $45 to $84 depending on the size of your lens, and are available through the official website.
BETA Shell (via PDN)
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for the protective case on my smartphone, it would have probably needed to be replaced a long time ago. If cell phones have protective skins and cases, why shouldn’t cameras? Camera Armor is a protective case that’s custom designed for each separate DSLR model, and is available for both Canon and Nikon bodies — and a few others as well.
In addition to the silicon body skin, the system also includes protection for your lens, LCD screen, and other individual components of your kit. The cost of this protection is $40, which is pretty cheap compared to some of the novelty items we’ve featured here.
Camera Armor (via Doobybrain)
Wanna give a unique present this Christmas? If you have two portraits of a particular friend (head-on and profile), Sculpteo can turn them into a miniature figure that resemble the “big head mode” from GoldenEye on the N64. Only the head is created from photos — you’ll need to describe the clothing and accessories you want to see on the figure (might we suggest a DSLR as an accessory?). A 7cm figure will cost you $75, while a 10cm one sets you back $130.
Customized figures, avatars, mini-you (via Wired)
The LoopIt is a new camera sling by Luma designed to be smaller, lighter, and more affordable than the Luma Loop. Both slings use a lanyard and connector that slide along the camera strap and connect to cameras via any available strap mount point. The push-to-release swivels are manufactured at the same factory that invented the swivel used by the US military, with tolerances that supposedly exceed the ones used in combat.
Want something fancy to prop up your growing collection of photography books? These snazzy vintage camera bookends sell for $50 on Amazon, and could also make a fun gift for your favorite photography-enthusiast bookworm.
Vintage Camera Bookends (via MCP Actions)
If you think the Japanese come up with the strangest product ideas, it’s because they do. The Fuvi Chocolate camera is designed for people who want to look like they’re shooting with a chocolate bar, with dark, vanilla, and strawberry as the possible flavors. Sadly, what’s gained in looks is lost in specs — the camera only boasts a 0.3 megapixel sensor and is limited to onboard memory (i.e. it doesn’t use a memory card). If you’re a chocolate lover and need this camera on your keychain now after seeing it, it’ll be available in Japan starting in January 2011 for ¥ 2,730 (~$33).
Chocolate Camera (via Crave)