The world’s most unique cameras you never knew existed


Canon 5D Mark II/100-year-lens mashup

It’s got to be one of a kind; a Canon 5D Mark II combined with a 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel camera. A creation made by Jason Bognacki, the resulting images were sharp and impressive (take a look).

They were also a little unpredictable, featuring lens flares and vignetting, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a fan of retro and vintage photography.

In this case, the combination of digital and analogue produced beautiful results and is a fantastic example of old technology being able to keep up with the times – all it takes is a little creativity and thinking outside the box, even if that box is about 100 years old.

Camera Obscura, San Francisco

The Giant Camera is one of the world’s most famous camera obscuras. It was built in 1946 and was later modified to resemble a giant camera and has become a landmark in the San Francisco area.

The Giant Camera produces 360 degrees of live images of the Seal Rock Area of San Francisco. The images displayed are magnified seven times on a six-foot parabolic table.

The front page of the website for the Giant Camera includes the intriguing request, ‘Call the operator today!’ Who knows what for?


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