Hand Made Wooden Cameras are Back!
Thanks to the clever craftsmen at Zero Image we have some unusual cameras for you. Arriving to our showroom floor via horse and cart. These little cameras remind me of times gone by, times before I was born actually. Anyway just because I wasn't alive in the 1920's doesn't mean I can't enjoy the charm of a camera from that era.
Handmade in Japan and coming with a personally signed certificate from the maker. They are pinhole cameras, so everything will be in focus and you'll be shooting long exposures even during the daylight. Check out the gallery on the Zero Image site to see the unique images these cameras produce as well as learning techniques to use them. Have a look at this Flickr search to see more images and discussions about these cameras.
We have a 35mm model that can shoot panoramic images too (Zero 135 dual format Deluxe) and a medium format model (Zero multi format 6x9 Deluxe) that can shoot 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9 in stock. All other models displayed on the the Zero Image site are available to order.
The 35mm and 6x9 models side by side.
35mm model front view.
35mm model rear view.
A close up view of the brass pinhole lens and wooden shutter on the 35mm model. You can activate it using your finger, as I am doing here, or a shutter release cable can also be used to help keep the camera steady for longer exposures.
Showing the camera disassembled and ready for loading film.
The wooden back slides in neatly and then the top simply screws down.
The Zero multi format 6x9 Deluxe camera front view.
Close up of the rear showing the frame counter window when pushed open.
Close up of the spirit level.
The Zero multi format 6x9 Deluxe model in it's three parts ready for film loading. With the individually signed and numbered certificate on show.
The craftsmanship of these cameras certainly impresses. This camera that brings the the romance and magic back to modern photography. In the days of instant digital satisfaction and phone cameras in everybody's pocket take a step in the other direction to create timeless images on film that will last a lifetime. Don't let the old world charm go to waste and when not in use keep this camera on display in your private collection at home rather than hidden away in a camera bag.
Call us on 08 9328 4405 for enquiries, or come visit us at 230 Stirling St Perth to see them in person.
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