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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ...what is the most beautiful camera and what is the ugliest camera?

    I'll start:

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    The Leica Luxus.



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    The Mercury II by Univex.
     
  2. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Most beautiful: Tie: Any clean Rolleiflex TLR or Olympus OM1n

    Ugliest: Any of the box-style cameras, such as Kodak Brownie, etc.
     
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    For simple, clean design, the Clarus was not bad. [Mechanically, it was a dog!]

    And ugly? The Kodak 35 - an otherwise ordinary camera that got captured by the Borg!
     
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    I loved the look of my old kowa 6 big reared chunk of chrome. I also love the pure clunky look of a graflex.

    most of the polaroids after their roll film models were just plan junkie looking nothing had any functional purpose....or style. I love to work with them as a base but they are just dog ugly.
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Jurgen Kreckel does wonderful things to cameras.

    http://www.certo6.com/

    I love the look of any camera that shows plenty of wood. I have plans to strip the leather from my Anniversary Speed Graphic, and refinish the wooden body someday.

    http://www.ebonycamera.com/

    http://www.wisner.com/

    http://www.gandolficameras.com/home_page.html

    http://www.gadgetizer.com/2006/12/24/wooden-camera-from-olympus/

    http://www.antiquewoodcameras.com/

    On some Japanese website I saw a refurbished 4x5 SLR (like a Graflex RB) that had the leather stripped off, the wood polished up, and cherry blossoms painted on it. It was the most beautiful camera I've ever seen.

    Arturo Rebora makes cameras that are works of art. not quite my style, but cool.

    http://www.exakta.org/rebora/

    The first electronic 35mm SLRs from the late 1980's and early 1990's were hideous (the entry level models at least). I'm also not a big fan of most Polaroids (although the SX-70 is pretty catchy). Hollow plastic cameras made to look like 35mm SLRs are nasty.

    Here is the world's ugliest camera.

    http://photoshopnews.com/2006/04/24/the-hand-made-camera-of-miroslav-tichy/
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh wow! I didn't even think that was a camera! That is U-G-L-Y !!
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have a slick looking Polaroid SX-70 with an all metal (brushed Al. I think) outer casing.

    I also have one of those junkie looking 80's Polaroids (well several actually)...but the ugliest one is Barbie pink, and comes with a matching pink beach bag with 'Cool Cam' printed on it.
     
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  9. fmw

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    I think the prettiest camera I can ever remember was the Alpa. It was only pretty if you saw it in person. It was the most precisely made camera I have ever seen. If you enjoy the ultimate in quality, you would enjoy an Alpa. I never owned one.

    The ugliest are the current crop of small, cheap digital cameras. One brand looks as bad as another.
     
  10. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't know...I've seen a small Canon that looked absolutely majestic...next to the 'Concord' that we have here at work. :lol:
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    OK, I'm sure a discerning eye can find levels of ugliness among these cameras. I guess I just haven't paid enough attention to pick up on it. ;)

    Another ugly one was the Argus C3. I doubt anybody would argue that one.
     
  12. Alex_B

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    to me most of those polaroid cameras were pretty ugly.
     

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