Toy camera

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toy camera

Maker: unknown

Dates: 1980ies

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Camera Type: 35mm rangefinder system

Focusing: manual

Viewfinder: simple frame

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Shutter: guillotine
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ASA/ISO range: 200

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toy camera

Maker: unknown

Dates: 1980ies

Camera Type: toy camera

Film: 110 cartridge

Lens: single lens

Shutter: guillotine

Exposure: may be 1/30 sec

Finder: simple frame

Feature: coin box in film cartridge format to use camera as parking coin purse

A toy camera is an inexpensive camera made almost entirely out of plastic, including the lens. They are usually made in China or the former Soviet Union. The Diana, LOMO and Holga are typically the cameras most associated with the term. The dreamy effects of using toy cameras has been documented in plenty of photo exhibits, such as the annual Krappy Kamera show in the Soho neighborhood of New York. Various publications such as Photography magazine dated Fall of 1977 extolled the virtues of the Diana camera, a toy camera, in its own right as an "art" producing image maker. Several books have also featured the work of toy cameras, such as "The Diana Show, Iowa," and "Angels at the Arno" to name a few.

Nowadays we could add most of the older digital viewfinder cameras for VGA-format images (480x640 pixels) to that category since the qualtity of coulours had been everything else but good. Of course combinations of simplest optical viewfinder, low resolution CCD chip and cheap optics like they were are more likely to enable something like lomography, not photography ;-) . Some webcams and cell phone cams still offer not more quality than these oldtime digital fun cameras.


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