Monday, 18 May 2009

I like old cameras

We have an abundance of film cameras. They're somewhat addictive. They can be picked up for next to nothing nowadays and they somehow have more personality than your generic DSLR! Here's a couple of sketches of two of my favourites.

This is my Olympus Trip 35. It's rather an iconic little camera - it's fully automatic apart from setting the film speed, and was launched in 1967 and made famous by David Bailey in a 1970s ad campaign. My particular one is from 1979 and is in almost mint condition. I paid hardly anything for it on eBay, but it's my favourite of all my cameras. (Apologies to my D80, but it's true.)


This is a Werra 1. It's a bit of an oddity. It was made by Carl Zeiss, the lens manufacturer, somewhere around 1950 to 1960. It takes 35mm film and to advance the film and cock the shutter, you twist a ring at the base of the lens. I've never seen anything similar on any other camera. The lens hood turns backwards and screws back into the body, and the lens cap screws onto the lens as if it were a filter, rather than just clicking on like normal lens caps do (I imagine this would be a bit annoying after a while!). This is Richard's newish toy. He found it in a charity shop in Stoke Newington a couple of weeks ago for £10 - bargain. He just shot a roll of film with it and left it in today to be processed - if any of the shots are particularly nice I'll update this post tomorrow.

Both drawn with Faber Castell Pitt pen, Caran d'Ache water soluble graphite pencils and a water brush.

Do you still have a film camera?

8 comments:

r garriott said...

Yes, I have a quite a few and no idea what to do with them!

Very good sketches, thanks!

Tanna said...

nice sketches~<3

I have been looking at old kind of cameras like these for my fiancee since he likes photography and the like.

Keep it up! :)

Alissa said...

I have an old Box Brownie camera and Autographic Folding camera that don't work but look beautiful. I will have to draw them one day when I have time. My everyday working camera is a 15 year old Canon EOS1000, which takes great photographs.( Which is why I have not moved to digital yet )

Peachtreeart said...

Aren't the great! I think a person felt more responsible in taking compliment for the outcome. :)

Fiddy-Pence said...

@ r garriott

If you really don't want them, all cameras are greatfully received in the angeltreats household I can assure you ;D

B said...

I still have a couple of films cameras, but hardly ever use them. I'm so lazy! I love the second one that you posted here!

kazumiwannabe said...

Cool drawings, and well done! Love you fashion drawings too, they're neat!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

lovely

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