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Barry Kidd Photography

Posts: 3033

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, US


I used to use this also, but when our city went scrambled/ digital you can no longer hear any conversations on either side sad

Yeah, these days I carry pager issued by the county. It list what the problem is, address and other basic information.  I also get text messages and emails from county dispatch when things go down.

Jan 07 13 12:35 pm Link


Kelvin Hammond

Posts: 17382

Billings, Montana, US


12x iphone zoom (manual focus)

pic without the zoom on the camera phone

using the Camera Awesome App to zoom even farther then the zoom's power

Not really convenient... but novel nonetheless.  Got it on Amazon for maybe $16.

Jan 07 13 12:46 pm Link


Sam Comer Photography

Posts: 2591

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

I have a lamp that I made out of an old busted Rolleiflex.

Jan 07 13 07:53 pm Link


nyk fury

Posts: 2971

Port Townsend, Washington, US

a hello kitty snappy.

Jan 07 13 08:01 pm Link


Bold Belle

Posts: 105

Pittsburg, Kansas, US

Myself. lol

Jan 07 13 08:10 pm Link


Looknsee Photography

Posts: 24966

Portland, Oregon, US

I have a Widelux 120 film panoramic camera with a pivoting/panning lense, which produces a negative approximately 2" x 5", capturing almost 180 degrees.

I still have my first camera, a Nikon S2 35mm rangefinder, with a fantastic f/1.4 lens.  The camera is about as old as I am (and I'm not young).

Too lazy to post images -- ask, and I will.

Jan 07 13 08:13 pm Link


Fred Greissing

Posts: 6426

Los Angeles, California, US

6x8cm film camera with tilt and shift lenses from 50mm to 500mm.
Sytem includes the only tilt shift zoom lens. 100 to 200mm

Here is a shot taken with this camera system

Jan 07 13 08:31 pm Link



Posts: 1304

Vallejo, California, US

i have an 8x10 studio deardorff wooden camera on a bi-pole stand
it is huge and very heavy and it has a packard air shutter

it has three standards, much like their 11x14 studio cameras

i only used it once many years ago to shoot some 8x10 polaroid transfers instead of using my more modern 8x10 that i had.

Jan 07 13 08:32 pm Link



Posts: 5513

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Depends on what you consider weird, I guess.

I'm cleaning out my basement, so I've gotten rid of some of this stuff in the last 6-8 weeks, and more is on the way out – but I'll list it anyway.

Five Stroboflash IV's – the ones that had the heavy battery pack with two 225-volt batteries. I had two of them for regular use in the 1970's. Bought three more to make a wooden softbox (before there were softboxes) back in the 1970's but never got around to it.

Three humongous Calumet stainless steel water jackets. Each holds three 3.5-gallon stainless steel tanks with lids – or two tanks and a rinse rack.

A Kodak nitrogen burst timer.

A Polaroid back for Mamiya press cameras (sold my Super 23 and Universal Press cameras several years ago).

Five manual-focus Nikon AIs lenses that I kept for some reason when I sold my Nikon manual-focus stuff.

15 – 8x10 sheet film holders (sold my 8x10 camera several years ago)

102 – 4x5 sheet film holders (sold my three 4x5 cameras about the same time)

Six 750-exposure Nikon 35mm film canisters for the Nikon MF-1 bulk film back for the Nikon F2.

A dozen or so assorted 70mm film canisters

Five boxes of instructional VHS tape sets by people like Dean Collins, David Ziser, Don Blair, Monte Zucker, Marty Rickard, Ken Marcus, Larry Peters, Fred Picker, et. al. I have the Dean Collins and Ken Marcus videos on DVD, but most of the others were never made available in digital versions.

A Davis & Sanford Model B tripod. This thing was designed to hold an 8x10 camera. It has a true pneumatic column, not the "air cushioned" type that some tripods and light stands have today. The first time I loosened the thumb screw that held the column in place, the head flew up, hit me under the chin and damn near knocked me out.

A 6x9cm Cambo view camera with three lenses, assorted accessories, and eight Graflex RH-8 and RH-10 backs. (Might come in handy if I ever get back into architectural photography.)

An Omega D2 enlarger, a 4x5 Super Chromega head and power supply, a Durst Micromat M35 enlarger (coolest 35mm b&w enlarger ever made). Two Thomas sodium safelights. Three DSA-Senrac roll-film dryers. Assorted tanks, reels, sheet film hangers and trays.

A 7-foot yellow locker that I bought, along with a restroom hand-dryer, to convert it to a film drying cabinet when Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City moved from the downtown area to the boondocks.

Maybe the strangest thing I’ve had is an antique (ca. 1910) gyn table that I also bought at the Mercy Hospital sale. This all-steel black table was rock solid, and for years I used it as my enlarger table. When I moved to St. Louis in 1992, the movers couldn't get it on the truck, so they left it on the back porch. Might have been interesting to see when the buyers (the new minister of music at the First Baptist Church and his family) moved in.

Jan 07 13 09:56 pm Link



Posts: 11804

Sun City, California, US

Hunters game camera - Spooky IR shots in creepy places - in pitch dark.

You end up wearing your own night vision goggles to use it.

Slow shutter speeds are a challenge though.

Jan 07 13 09:59 pm Link


Siebel Dubai

Posts: 52

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I regularly get stopped by strangers wanting to know "What camera is that?" when I'm on location with the camera I use most - An Alpa STC with an Phase One IQ180 digital back with either a 23 or 40mm Rodenstock lens. I have the same experience whenever I use my IQ180/Fuji GX680 system.

Jan 07 13 10:14 pm Link



Posts: 2089

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Love this little thing!

Jan 07 13 10:20 pm Link



Posts: 9

Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Camerosity wrote:
102 – 4x5 sheet film holders (sold my three 4x5 cameras about the same time)

A 102 of them? How big is that basement of yours?

At the moment I am working on modifying a Polaroid 545 to take Direct Positive Paper and stay on the back of my Mamiya RZ.

Jan 08 13 04:27 am Link


William Kious

Posts: 8841

Delphos, Ohio, US

PTPhotoUT wrote:
Without a doubt my collection of commercial and hand made Technical Masks. I'll bet that less that 10% of you know what one is and that fewer than 1% have ever used one.

intense_puppy wrote:
You got me. What is it?

I believe we're calling them bokeh discs these days.

Jan 08 13 05:14 am Link



Posts: 3846

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Jan 08 13 01:15 pm Link


Valenten Photography

Posts: 265

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Île-de-France, France

a DIY pinhole lens. Gotta improve it though, if you guys are interested : … t-attempt/

Jan 08 13 01:38 pm Link


The Alternative Image

Posts: 4129

London, England, United Kingdom

For quirky, the Zero 2000

Jan 08 13 01:42 pm Link


JM Denaut

Posts: 2

Danbury, Connecticut, US

heres my old school Mamiya ZE from 1980 featuring the additional auto winder attachment. I also have the 80-205 lens with it and the external flash.  I should dig this out one of these days. It used to use this stuff called film..

Jan 08 13 02:04 pm Link


Snab Productions

Posts: 70

Thousand Oaks, California, US

Kiev 88, with Zodiac 8 30mm f/3.5 wide angle, Arsat 80mm f/2.8 and Kalienar 150 mm f/2.8.  I dropped the 80mm on my foot the other day and thought I broke foot that is!

Jan 08 13 03:01 pm Link



Posts: 5513

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Camerosity wrote:
102 – 4x5 sheet film holders (sold my three 4x5 cameras about the same time)

BZP wrote:
A 102 of them? How big is that basement of yours?

At the moment I am working on modifying a Polaroid 545 to take Direct Positive Paper and stay on the back of my Mamiya RZ.

1600 s/f, give or take.

Film holders don't take a lot of space.

Jan 08 13 03:10 pm Link


F-1 Photo

Posts: 1161

New York, New York, US

penn wrote:
Love this little thing!

I had one of these! Mine was all black though.

It was one of the coolest film cameras I had and I wish that I still had it. I would shoot film more offen if I did!

Jan 08 13 04:43 pm Link


Jessie Rand

Posts: 42

Santa Barbara, California, US

a baggie of twist ties!

Jan 08 13 08:47 pm Link



Posts: 5513

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Jessie Rand wrote:
a baggie of twist ties!

Hmmm. Maybe I should add to my list a package of baby wipes - for barefoot models to clean the bottoms of their feet after walking around on the studio floor.

Jan 08 13 09:23 pm Link


Yvette Bessels

Posts: 9

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My small collection of TLR cameras and my Rollei tripod attachments (quick-release, 360 degrees and stereo)

Jan 09 13 02:11 am Link


Harold Rose

Posts: 2925

Calhoun, Georgia, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
Canon 50mm  F 1.0  lens

Years back I did not shoot Cannon,  but owned a Minolta f1.o and a very rare  Minolta .08,  neither was worth much..  Used the F 1.0  shooting av light at weddings...Got rid of them...  They ended up back in China.  I think the .o8 was made by Lica...

Jan 09 13 02:24 am Link


Harold Rose

Posts: 2925

Calhoun, Georgia, US

Robb Mann wrote:
Post your high-powered mutants, technological dead-ends, quirky dedigns, or anything else that didnt quiet hit mainstream.

This is mine - a Graflex Ke-4. Rare, and enormous rangefinder.
Sadly, she doesnt work. Its a craigslist find and previous owner hurt it.

In the storage room I have a  Front Screen projection unit.   Still works,  and is powered by  a Calumet 1600ws unit..   Way too much trouble to set up...

Jan 09 13 02:30 am Link


Kev Lawson

Posts: 11294

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Fred Greissing wrote:
6x8cm film camera with tilt and shift lenses from 50mm to 500mm.
Sytem includes the only tilt shift zoom lens. 100 to 200mm

Here is a shot taken with this camera system

This image has awesomeness written all over it. Thank you for sharing this one.

Jan 09 13 03:02 am Link


Glamour Alternative

Posts: 343

Tampa, Florida, US

A last minute Reflector I had to make when assisting for another photographer. Used a Foam cooler lid, screws, and foil, wrinkled it, and it casted a nice orange hue when bounced with natural light or strobe. The final outcome of the photos looked like something out of SI. It was amusing to say the least. He was impressed and I was amused. … =3&theater

Jan 09 13 01:54 pm Link


Halcyon 7174 NYC

Posts: 20109

New York, New York, US

My split-field diopter, it's half a lens. I don't get to use it very often because I'm working with larger lenses than I used to.

Jan 19 13 10:25 am Link



Posts: 5513

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

The most unusual cameras I've owned are a Linhof Aero Technika with 4" motorized rollfilm back and all three Zeiss lenses, a Canon Dial 35 and a Tessina. I don't own any of them now.

Jan 19 13 10:59 am Link


Managing Light

Posts: 2399

Salem, Virginia, US

A 1970s vintage Tamron 500mm mirror lens. It had an Adaptall II Canon FD mount.  I pulled it out a couple of years ago when I was using a 5D, and found a Hong Kong source for the Adaptall-to-EOS converter.  For kicks, I got the version with the chip in it that emulates the EOS protocol to fool the camera into thinking it had an EOS lens in the manual focus mode.  Worked like a champ, and delivered pretty good results.  I  coupled it to the Canon 2X teleconverter, and was surprised at how well that worked.

Then I got a 5D3, which burps when the lens is mounted on it.  I guess I'm going to have to take the adapter apart and disconnect the emulation chip.

Jan 19 13 11:27 am Link


Accidental Plateau

Posts: 7715

Brooklyn, New York, US

I do not have a photo of it, but in the 80s I had a Soviet Made Zenit SLR that had a rifle stock to stabilize it.

I kept getting the cops called on me whenever is used it so I eventually sold it.

The concept never really caught on, a camera mounted to a shoulder stock, for obvious reasons.

Jan 19 13 11:30 am Link


David Westlake

Posts: 1539

Mansfield Center, Connecticut, US

I have an old 35mm with a leaf shutter and 3 lenses.

Jan 19 13 11:36 am Link


Digital Couture

Posts: 602

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Nothing too unusual given some of the earlier posts but I use a Canon EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM that I got off of ebay for $110 that some say looks almost as good as a 70-200 II.

Jan 19 13 07:28 pm Link


Jack Dog Studio

Posts: 366

Greenwich, Connecticut, US

I have a Rodenstock X-Ray machine lens.  Huge, heavy.  f1.0  about 80mm equivalent.  no lens mount (although it screwed onto the x-ray machine), so I hand hold it in front of the camera.  Gorgeous image.  Stupidly impractical since there is no focus (simply move forward or back), and depth of field to make you shoot for joy or gnash your teeth.

Jan 19 13 07:37 pm Link



Posts: 991

Union City, California, US

All the stuff that I have that's weird isn't really camera stuff but can't do without stuff.

A garbage bag attached to a circular windshield sun shield. Hole in the bag is toughened. Hole in the sun shield is stitched. Model can put bag over head, head out of hole in top of bag, and can change anywhere.

Bungee cords of all sizes. Wire ties of a few lengths. Several small, soft lined, zip bags. Always find a need from the model using them to put jewelry if we're away from the base (cars, wherever our stuff is) to cords that I don't normally carry in the case.

A Polish milkmaid's stool. It's a stool that you strap to yourself, and it moves with you. Great for times when I will be doing shots where I'm at chair height or lower.

Jan 19 13 11:02 pm Link


Shades Of Gray

Posts: 1054

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

My first digital camera, made by Epson that I bought in the '80s. I can't make myself throw it away since I paid around a thousand bucks for it back then.

Jan 20 13 04:55 pm Link


Abdul Sharif

Posts: 176

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Jan 20 13 05:21 pm Link



Posts: 1961

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

intense_puppy wrote:

You got me. What is it?

A technical mask is placed in front of the lens and the "out of focus" objects will take on that shape. Pinpoint objects will show the shape the best.

For an example, if you shoot a couple at a lake with a heart shape mask, the in focus couple will look normal but all of the points of light reflecting off the water in the background will be heart shaped. Good old fashioned trick photography.

Jan 20 13 05:31 pm Link