Friday, May 20, 2011

Two Vintage Instant Photo Cameras

The first one here is actually an accessory rather than a camera. It's a Nikon Speed Magny 100 Back for Nikon F cameras. (If you are unfamiliar, a Nikon F is a manual 35mm camera.)

shown attached and viewed from the front of the camera
The Speed Magny back attaches like, and in place of, the regular back. The accessory comes down from under the camera (is also huge and heavy, weighs approx. 4lbs without the camera and lens) and takes instant pack films like Polaroid 107 and 108. The device takes the light and image coming through the lens and basically bounces it around a series of lenses and mirrors inside the unit and then magnifies and projects it, creating a full-frame pull-apart image (3.25 x 4.25") instead of a "small format" 35mm image on the film.
view from the back
Produced from the early 60s-early 80s. Things to keep in mind: the long optical path takes away about 5 stops of light. It is also not recommended with wide angle lenses. There are 3 versions- 100 (for F, pictured), 110-2 (for F2), and 100-3 (for F3).
back not attached to a camera body
  
We currently have two versions in stock. Find it on KEH.com.


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Switching gears but staying within the instant film realm, this is a Polaroid Big Shot....
vintage advertisement for the Big Shot

Produced for only 2 years, from 1971-73, this camera takes 100 series pack-films and is designed for close-up portraits. It is also a large unit, and bigger than most Polaroid cameras. It is a fixed focus camera with a distance of about one meter. The camera uses a rangefinder system to position the photographer and subject at the correct distance. The focusing is often referred to as the "Big Shot Shuffle" due to the fact that the photographer must "shuffle" back and forth to get the subject in focus. The camera has a 220mm lens, single speed shutter, and a built-in socket and diffuser for Magicube flashbulbs/ X-Cubes.

Andy Warhol with a Big Shot

Warhol made this camera famous because he was particularly fond of the camera and often shot celebrity portraits in his studio with it.

You can however, shoot things other than portraits... just don't expect fast focusing and keep in mind that your subject will only be in focus at one fixed distance.
shot with a Polaroid Big Shot

We currently have one in stock, BGN grade, and AI/ INOP (the shutter is erratic) $45.  
Find it on KEH.com.

Want to see more Big Shot shots? Check out the Flickr group: Polaroid Big Shot