Leica and Sony aren’t the only camera companies that slice their cameras and lenses down the middle to give the world a peek at their guts — Canon does it too. On the first floor of one of its headquarter buildings in Japan is a small museum that has a cross-sectioned Canon 1Ds DSLR and 400mm f/4 DO IS USM lens on display. Back in the day, the camera had a price of $5,500 and the lens cost $8,900, meaning Canon sliced nearly $15,000 of gear in half for this display.
Used in New York back in 1938, this revolver camera was a Colt 38 with a tiny camera that would capture a photograph whenever the trigger was pulled. I sure hope those sample photographs taken with this revolver were shot while the gun wasn’t loaded…
Image credit: Revolver-camera / Revolver camera by Nationaal Archief
Here’s a old-fashioned wooden camera tape dispenser that would make a cute gift and addition to a photography-lover’s desk.
Quirky and cute, this handy-dandy desk accessory is shaped like a small camera and doles out all the sticky transparent film you need for piecing together pages of paper or posting reminder notes on your computer monitor. When the included roll runs out, simply detach the magnetic knob at the back and slide another one on the reel.
You can pick one up for price of $22 over on ModCloth. It’s a pretty simple design though, so you could also try making your own!
Caught On Camera Tape Dispenser (via KEH Camera Blog)
The Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 is a tiny 5-megapixel digital camera designed to look just like the Rolleiflex 2.8F 6x6cm twin lens reflex camera. The camera even operates like an old school TLR: you look into the camera from above via a square 1.1-inch LCD screen, the camera needs to be readied for each shot by turning the handcrank on the side, and the photos taken are square format. It’s available on Amazon in black or red versions for about $270.
Thanks for the heads up, @jcargetsinger!
Urban Outfitters is selling these Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses that make you look like you’re walking around with your face censored — perfect for those who are paranoid of having their photographs taken without their permission. A pair of “face-blocking shades” costs $12.
Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses (via Laughing Squid)
If you thought the Polaroid beeswax candle we shared yesterday was cool, check out this candle designed to look like the FED 3 Soviet rangefinder camera (on right, with actual camera on left). Each one is handmade and costs $39 + $18 shipping on eBay — pretty expensive for a candle, but who would buy one of these just to use as a candle?
Thanks for the link USSRPhoto!
Image credit: A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian (FED 3 type B) by Arty Smokes (deaf mute)
French bags designer Philippe Roucou creates limited edition silk scarves using lost Polaroid pictures that they come across. There’s three limited edition series — A, B, and C — and you can currently buy a few of the scarves from the B series on REBORN for $CAD 261.75 (~$275).
Philippe Roucou collection (via swissmiss)
The MoMA Store used to sell these nifty salt and pepper shakers made from 35mm film canisters for $35 a pop. You might not want to make your own though — we hear you shouldn’t keep any food products inside used canisters because film rolls leak poisonous chemicals that can’t be washed out. Shucks.
(via Live Great on Less)
The Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision camera by ThinkGeek is a compact camera specially designed for infrared photography. Instead of permanently removing the IR filter from a traditional digital camera, the Midnight Shot allows the filter to be retracted when you want to use it as an IR camera. It shoots 5 megapixel stills, VGA video, and has built-in IR illumination that lets you shoot and film in complete darkness.
Here’s a funky fusion of analog and digital: Etsy seller newfocus repurposes 35mm film cassettes by using them to house USB flash drives. You can buy a 2GB one for $19 or a 4GB one for $24 from their Etsy store. They would make pretty fun gift for a photography-lover you know, and if you don’t want to buy one you can try your hand at building your own!