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Some strange cameras

5th February 2019

Some strange cameras

5th February 2019

Cameras can come in all shapes and sizes. The rules that define a functioning camera allow for endless design possibilities. It’s no secret that (like many other things) the 1980’s were an awkward time for design. But even before the 80’s there have been strange cameras; some who dared to be different set new standards for ‘what a camera should be’, while others faded away into the archives. Call it strange or call it quirky, much of these interesting characteristics are what makes them appealing.

The criteria for “Strange” is simply, a camera with an untraditional look, traditional being the dominant SLR shape of the 1960’s through to the 1990’s. Scientific and military cameras have been omitted for this article.


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Research for this article included the images (most of them) from Collection-appareils.fr (Merci beaucoup, M. Sylvain), the text has been loaned from the Cameraville.co. Many thanks to both of these fellows!

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