The annual 2021 Photography Show just came to it’s conclusion, and it goes to show, that some people can be creative in their camera designs. And some are very noteworthy. We will take a look at the most talked about discovered cameras that showed up at the show.
THE NIKON NASA CAMERA:
During the Space Race, both the USA and USSR started bringing camera aboard their manned space flights in the Sixties. After initially bringing 70mm cameras, NASA sought a more portable solution and turned to Nikon, which delivered this camera for use on the space shuttle in 1981.
ZEUS (Not Zeiss) 35MM CAMERA
An incredibly rare camera, the Zeus is thought to be the first ever British 35mm film camera. It has a 5cm Alphamat lens and a two-speed (plus T) selector, with a very unusual textured enamel finish. You virtually never see these for sale!
CANON POSTURE FIT CAMERA
The most modern camera on this list, and probably the weirdest of them all! The Canon Posture Fit monitors the position of your spine to detect whether you’re sitting correctly at your desk. It weebles and wobbles like a cute Pixar character to alert you if you’re slouching, or if you’ve been sat for too long.
THE PEPSI CAN CAMERA
This Pepsi can-shaped 35mm point-and-shoot is by far the most fun camera we saw at the show! CanCamera released a series of these, including one designed like a Budweiser can. It features a built-in flash and is powered by a single AA battery.
NIKON GOLD FA
This 24K gold, lizard skin camera was released in Japan, in 1984, to commemorate Nikon winning the Camera Grand Prix prize for the world’s first matrix metering system for SLRs. Only 2,000 were made, priced at ¥500,000 – which is ¥613,836 (approximately $5,602 / £4,093 / AU$7,699) in today’s money.
POLAROID STUDIO EXPRESS
The Polaroid Studio Express is a professional studio camera, apparently made by Mamiya in the Eighties, used for taking passport photographs. It boasts a 125mm focal length, an f/8-32 aperture, 1/125 or 1/60 sec shutter speed, built in flash with sync cable for external flash, and it takes Typ 100 film.
MATTERPORT PRO 2
Matterport says that its best-in-class Pro2 is “the gold standard for 3D capture”. And while it frightens us a bit because it looks like a speed camera, its 134MP resolution marries high-quality 3D with 4K photo quality to provide scans of homes, apartments, hotels and commercial buildings to deliver stunning virtual tours.
INTREPID 4X5 CAMERA BLACK EDITION
Forget full frame, forget medium format and forget megapixels – large format film is where ultimate image quality truly lies! The Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 Camera is an absolute stunner, with a Graflok back that enables you to mount film adapters ranging from 6×6 to 6×17, as well as Polaroid backs and the Intrepid Enlarger.
DIANA F+ CAMERA NIGHT CAP EDITION
We’ve always had a soft spot for Dianas, and the gloriously gaudy Diana F+ Camera Night Cap Edition is a fun way to shoot medium format film without taking yourself too seriously. Its 75mm lens is as soft and spotty as you’d expect, but if you love that tatty, vignette-y, oversaturated Seventies Italian film look, it can’t be beat.
EVERYBOOTH LITE – STUDIO EDITION
The original Everybooth was a highlights of the last physical Photography Show in 2019, so we were excited to see the new Everybooth Lite – Studio Edition this year. A luxury mirrorless photobooth that’s light, portable and battery powered (lasts up to six hours), with the powerful lighting of the original model, it’s perfect for outdoor events where you want to impress guests or clients.
All photos are compliments of: (Image credit: James Artaius). Article compliments of Digital Camera World