Spotted in a recent Christmastime catalog from Pottery Barn. They're selling old film cameras as decorator accessories—"nostalgic display," as the copy puts it.
Photo by Daniel Buck, from the epic "Show off your camera!" thread
at the Large Format Photography Forum.
Note lower left-hand corner. Inadvertent mislabeling—I'm sure this means the picture of the view camera was taken with a "35mm Digital," but still, it struck me as faintly poignant....
Incidentally, the picture shows an 8x10-inch Tachihara 810F (the F refers to the color scheme—mahogany with chrome metalwork and black bellows. The camera is available with this wood, these bellows, and gold metal (the GF), chrome metal with black rosewood and black bellows (the BR), or mahogany wood, gold metal parts, and red bellows (the GFR), for the truly extroverted). Oddly, the Tachihara is one of the cheapest 8x10 cameras you can buy, cheaper even than the Chinese Shen-Hao—$1,695 for the basic single-extension model, vs. $1,895 for the Shen-Hao. They're sold, special order, by Jeff Taugner at Badger Graphic Sales here in Wisconsin.
And if you look carefully at the picture above, you can see a spotmeter sitting on the camera bed.
When a famous photograph becomes a meme. The new Sri Lankan 1000 Rs note.
Oops! Veiled hostility from the presenter? (From an online video review of the Shen Hao TZ45-IIB.)
Speaking of video reviews, I like 'em:
This is Andrew Sanderson's video review of Mike Walker's Titan XL 8x10 (the British refer to the measurements backwards, and, actually, there's a long story behind why. But we won't get into that.) Every time I see a video review of a view camera, it makes me covet it. Mike, by the bye, is the latest in a very long and indubitably grand tradition of English camera fabricators. In fact, in some quarters classic folding field view cameras are known as "English cameras."
Kerik Kouklis, Prom Night 2008
Latest fad: Petzval swirl!
8x10 collodion on aluminum, Derogy portrait lens. Kerik says, "The kids thought it was 'F-ing awesome!! How'd you do that?!' "
'Net flotsam. Category: "Police fails."
Dilbert has it right....
Finally, naked camera porn. (Warning! Link* might not be appropriate for all photographers!)
Have a nice Sunday.
(Thanks to David Minick and Markus Spring)
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