Modern-Day Video Games Reimagined as Retro Atari Cartridges
Artist StarRoivas has used her digital manipulation skills to reimagine modern-day video game titles as retro Atari cartridges. You can view the full collection on deviantART.
That is what heaven looks like
Want to own a giant collection of vintage cameras, but don’t want to spend a lifetime acquiring them one by one? If you have deep pockets and money to burn, here’s your shot: collector Brain Cue of Alameda, California (kka20101 on eBay) is selling his massive camera collection that he has spent over 50 years building up.
The collection contains over 1,000 pieces of cameras, lenses, and various accessories. kka20101 notes that he doesn’t know the exact number of pieces in the collection — it may even be more than 2,000 separate pieces.
All the major camera brands (e.g. Canon, Nikon, Rollei, Yashica, Ricoh, Polaroids, Kodak, Fuji, Pentax, Petri, Pax, Mamiya) are represented in the lot, as well as all kinds of camera bodies (e.g. SLR, RF, TLR, medium format, point and shoot).
Most of the are in both working order and great cosmetic condition — this isn’t a mountain of broken cameras.
Here are some more jaw-dropping photos showing how expansive the collection is:
Shipping the collection would likely cost an astronomical amount of money, so Cue recommends that you visit him locally to pick up the lot (you’d probably want to bring a U-Haul, a boatload of cardboard boxes, and tons of protective padding).
So… regarding price: the starting bid is $34,999, but you can buy the collection outright if you’re willing to drop $49,999 on it. If there’s indeed 2,000 pieces, this would average out to about $25 for each item. There’s currently one day left in the auction, so get a move on it if you’re interested!
Air Drive, Old cars transformed into flying cars
8 -Bit Video Game Tribute to Kill Bill
88 Madness, an 8-bit online web browser game created by Juan David Gómez of flavourmachine, allows you to fight your way through memorable scenes found in the two-part Quentin Tarintino directed film Kill Bill. Juan built the game as a tribute to Kill Bill and used the Processing.js html5 open programming language to bring it all to life.
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Funny Vintage Tobacco Ads
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Giant NES controller made of LEGO
Not only is this 5-foot long NES controller made entirely of Lego bricks, but the thing actually works. Baron von Brunk first had the idea over the summer and spent the last few months putting this behemoth together. In that time, not only did he construct the exterior Lego shell, but he also finished the inside to include spring loaded modules for the buttons that he soldered to an actual NES circuit board.
Browsing some old National Geographic mags of his father, Alvaro Munoz-Aycuens Mtnz came across all these great camera ads.
Photographer Patrick Ng has an obsession with natural materials such as wood and leather. Recently, he decided to “woodenize” his beloved Canon F-1n SLR (a professional film SLR released back in 1976). He didn’t use a pre-made kit for the conversion, though… Instead, he simply ripped off the faux-leather and replaced it with faux-wood wallpaper.
Here’s what he tells us about the process:
It is actually very simple. Just peel off the old skin and clean the remaining glues with zippo, use wallpaper or real wood veneer to apply on the now debossed area.
You may want to cut out a piece of the sticker approximately the size of the area, stick on the surface and use a cutting knife to carve out the unwanted area. To make it even more perfect, after you’ve done with the first sticker, peel it off and use it as a template to cut out an exact copy of it on a new sticker sheet, but this time be very careful with the edges and corners.
This DIY mod will likely work much better on older cameras that don’t feature too many curves.
Fujifilm XF1: A retro and Flexible Compact Camera
Fujifilm is a camera company that’s going all-in on the idea of “retro design”. We’re not complaining. Its new XF1 compact camera brings the sleek design of X-Series’ cameras to the world of “point-and-shoots”, featuring a minimalist aluminum body that’s covered with faux-leather. The camera feels very nice and solid in the hand. It’s not as compact as other point-and-shoots (the Canon S110 is around 30% smaller and 20% lighter), so I’d say it’s purse-sized rather than pocket-sized. What it lacks in portability, however, it makes up for in beauty and brawn.
Inside the camera is a respectable 12MP 2/3-inch sensor. Larger than the 1/1.7 or 1/1.8-inch sensors found in many compacts, but smaller than other professional-level compacts that have been emerging as of late (the Sony RX100 packs a 1-inch sensor that’s twice as big).
Other specs include a retractable manual zoom 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens, optical stabilization, RAW files, 10fps continuous shooting, 1080p HD video at 30fps, a 3-inch 460K dot LCD screen, an ISO range of 100-12800, a pop-up flash, manual controls, and a special user interface that can be geared towards a user’s preference (more on that later).
When the camera is off, it measures 4.2×2.4×1.2-inches. Pretty compact and sleek.
It becomes a beast when it’s turned on, though. The lens extends quite a bit when the camera is ready for business. Like the X10, the XF1 uses a twist-to-turn-on feature. You twist the lens ring on the front and pull in order to pull out the lens and turn on the camera. It takes some getting used to, but can definitely become second-nature after some use.
The main issue with the feature is the fact that it cannot be turned on with one hand (without a good deal of cleverness or effort). You’ll need to hold the camera in both hands in order to start using it, which might be a slight turn-off for people who like pulling out their camera, turning it on, and snapping a shot in one smooth motion.
One neat feature on the XF1 is the E-Fn button on the back. If you use a Mac, you’ll be familiar with what Fn means. It’s a button that provides alternate functionality for other buttons when it’s being held down. Hold it down, and you’ll be able to access different functions you’ve assigned to the six buttons on the rear of the camera.
Although I didn’t get to play around with it, the XF1 features the X-Series’ nifty film simulation modes, which can make your photos pop out looking like they were shot on various color and monochrome film stocks (e.g. Velvia, Provia, Astia).
The XF1 comes in three flavors — black, red, or tan — and will cost $500 when it hits store shelves next month.
If you’re looking for an everyday compact camera that offers a healthy mix of style, features, and quality, the XF1 should be on your list of cameras to check out. At $500, however, it’s pushing up into the price range of more professional compacts and mirrorless cameras, so you’ll need to be willing to pay a premium for retro-tastic-ness. If that describes you, then you might also want to think about paying $100 more for the even more gorgeous — and similarly spec-ed — Fujifilm X10.
How cool is this? Still think about those old mixtapes that are lost in your attic? Now you can easily convert them into MP3 files and store them directly onto an iPhone or iPod touch. It includes a free app for conversion and is as simple as loading a cassette, docking an iPhone or iPod touch, and pressing play!
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