I have a thing for retro styled digital cameras. Its one of the things that attracted me to the Olympus EP and OMD series cameras. I don’t have a thing for film anymore. I have moved fully into the digital camp and this is where I’ll stay. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a soft spot for retro film cameras though. Especially cameras like the ones that are being done up by ILOTT Vintage.
ILOTT collects and restore select vintage rangefinder cameras taking great care, time and pride in refurbishing each camera that they acquire.The cameras are put through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that they are field ready before being sold.
Taking the cameras to a new level, ILOTT replaces leather body coverings with premium quality wood veneers tailored to each camera for a unique vintage appearance. Since no two cameras ILOTT creates are exactly the same, they continue to restore cameras rather than rely on the collection they already have on hand.The cameras are wrapped in Mansonia, or Mahogany which is applied by hand after the camera has been restored. I love the Argus C3, but I have to say the Mahogany Canonet QL 17 has me all lusty this afternoon.
“We love the mystery of not knowing where the cameras have been before, who has used them and what photos they might have taken.”
First off, Merry Christmas everyone! I don’t want you to think I am not filled with the Christmas spirit, It’s just that I am all amped about this crazy new lens I got for my EP for Christmas. The Lo-fi Micro 4/3 Camera Lens from Photojojo.
I haven’t quite figured it out yet, although there really isn’t much to figure out, so I guess I should just say I’m experimenting at this point. The lens is a 25mm f1.4 lens that is 100% manual. It has razor thin depth of field and produces some crazy vignetting at the edges as you mess with the aperture. The depth of field can be so shallow, in the shots of the Christmas tree, the distance between the out of focus ornament, and the in focus elements is less than an inch. I have a feeling this is going to be fun.
This morning a friend of mine sent me a link to the WVIL concept camera. It’ll be interesting to see if this ever actually makes it to market, but it sure looks cool.
Designed by Artefact, the camera blends concepts from touch screen phones, with traditional photography, and micro four thirds cameras like the Olympus EP series.
The WVIL concept takes the connectivity and embedded application capabilities of today’s smart phones and wirelessly connects them with interchangeable SLR-quality lenses. Artefact thinks of it as a solution for photographers who expect the power of a modern mobile device but who also demand uncompromised quality with digital imaging.
The video might seem pretty much like science fiction now, but so did your iPhone less than ten years ago.