Wild World of Weird Old Cameras

by Richard Perkins

I have shot many of shitty digital, point and shoot, SLR's, disposables, and toy cameras in my now ten years of photographing. It's something special when you go to the electronic section or a thrift store and see these one or two dollar squares (that sometimes even have film in them if you're lucky), and picking it up and saying "I'm going to bring this thing back to life.”

Getting an old camera from an uncle or grand dad because "you're into photography" and really actually taking it and doing something magical with it. I have a camera that talks to you, that tells you when to change the film. I have a camera that looks like a beer can. I have a camera that shoots 3D photos (which back in the 80's was pretty much an early version of GIFs). I have a WWF slam cam from 1998 that, if you hooked up to your sister’s dial up computer, you could somehow put yourself in a photo with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The Ghost Hunting Camera

I grabbed for 2 bucks at a Thrift Store in Virginia Beach and about lost my mind. Like, how stupid and rad is the concept of this camera? Also you have no idea where the "ghosts" are in the frame. It’s not even ghosts its just old photos of people and like, really shitty CGI skulls and shit.

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Digital Pink V-Tech

Thrifted for a not reasonable price of 7 bucks, but still wanted it because I wanted to know what masterpieces it might make. Popped a few AA batteries in that thing, and it’s like shooting out of a GameCube Controller. 

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Kodak Panoramic

It didn't come out. The film expired Septemper 1997. But here's a hilarious commercial I found for it from 1992.

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Fuji Film

Duh. Walgreens. Like 12 bucks. Normal, plain, the "hey ima be cool and start shooting disposable cameras" starter kit. That and a Supreme shirt. 

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Fuck that Hawaii camera.

That shit is garbo. The photos came out terrible.

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Cameras are tight. No matter what they are. Just go shoot and have fun. Much love. 

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