Tagged With film cameras

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If there's one thing that's keeping traditional analogue film still alive, it's lomography's relentless pursuit to keep the medium alive with unique cameras that always seem to bring a new approach to film photography. This time around it's introducing the Konstruktor: a $35 build-it-yourself plastic camera that gives photographers a crash course on how they're soul-stealing device really works.

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As part of a final project for a photography class, two students at Kingston University in the UK swallowed 35mm film and let their internal organs do the heavy lifting for them. After "collecting" the slides in a dark room, they fixed the silver and scanned the film with an electron microscope. The result is quite lovely.

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I can't put this Hasselblad 500EL in my pocket. And I can't use it to snap shots on a daily basis — it will cost a gazillion dollars on film and development. But I would love to have one at home. Just to look at it. It's a work of art. And it was used in the Apollo program. You know. On the moon.

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To celebrate the 200th birthday of the invention of the camera, photographer Dennis Manarchy built one of his own. It looks just like a classic film camera with a wooden frame, leatherette, and brass hardware but, oddly, I don't remember cameras normally being 35-feet long.

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Little is known about this homemade camera that was spotted on the streets of Tokyo, other than it uses medium-format film and has a 360-degree lens which kind of resembles a crystal ball, as Photojojo said. I wonder if you can see the photo-future by staring into that lens?