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CP+ 2015: Historic and Fun Cameras from Tokyo Camera Museum

In the far corner of the CP+ Expo floor was a nostalgic and historic flashback to some iconic cameras from the distant to not-so distant past, brought down to the expo from the collection of the JCII Camera Museum, in Tokyo. The collection has everything from a classic 1929 Rolleiflex to a disposable camera that features Harry Potter, and is as fun and nostalgia-invoking for all ages as it is historically significant and educational.

An ashtray commemorating the long-running Fujifilm Photo Contest, held every year since 1950.

Military Photographer Barbie

A classic Kodak Brownie Hawkeye from 1950—the first camera I ever held and used.

Apple’s earliest foray into to photography, the QuickTake 100, appeared way before Apple introduced the world’s most used camera, the iPhone.

A recent digital camera from Pentax that is plastic building-block compatible: the Optio NB1000.

The stylish and sleek Contax U4R digital compact camera, from 2004. Designed just before parent company Kyocera decided to retire the brand in 2005.

The cool, very short-lived, spy camera Sony marketed in 2003 called the Qualia, which looks tailor made for product placement in a James Bond movie.

Pentax’s Digibino, from 2002. That name says it all.

The centerpiece of the display was a rotary panoramic camera that uses a Mamiya RB67 and an interlocked rotating base and film magazine to expose a 70mm roll of film in a complete 360 degree view, producing a single negative that is 100 feet long. One of these was used to produce the Guinness World Record for longest photographic print, at 475 feet by 14 inches.

You can play with that technique now using the 360 panorama with Lomographic’s spinner camera.

A four-lens Nimslo 3D camera, whose images can be printed on 3D lenticular paper—no 3D glasses required.

Something called a Pinhole Blender looks intriguing.

An early 1895 camera called the Pocket Kodak took glass plates, as well as roll film.

The Vest Pocket Kodak, from 1912.

“Easy to Use,” but hard to carry.

An original F4.5 Rolleiflex, from 1929. Classic and historic.

A beautiful wood Ernemann Tropical Klapp, from 1930.

A still very usable compact Rollei 35 (just add film).

The also still very useable Polaroid SX-70, thanks to ImpossibleProject. Available here.

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