Category Archives: Cameras

Diana F+ Glow in the Dark Lomography Camera

Diana F+ Glow in the Dark Camera

This Diana F+ Glow in the Dark edition is becoming increasingly hard to find. The camera body has an eye-catching modern yellow-green & white two-tone color scheme that looks retro fabulous in the daytime. When the lights go out, the camera body glows in the dark, along with the groovy star pattern on the white upper body that is hardly noticeable in the daylight. The Diana F+ lomo camera holds standard 120 film, which can be processed at Wal-Mart. Well, not at Wal-Mart, but they will outsource it to their processors, who should know how to handle this type of film. The Diana F+ Glow in the Dark lomography camera includes a battery-powered flash, a hot shoe for you to add your own flash, a lens cap, a shoulder strap, a comprehensive instruction manual in English and seven more languages, and a beautiful 304 page hardbound linen-covered art book full of gorgeous lomography photographed using the Diana F. The book itself is a wonderful collector quality coffee table masterpiece. The Diana F+ is so cute that it even makes a great decorative piece for your home or studio! The Diana F+ body measures 4.75 inches x 3.5 inches x 1.5 inches.  The hot shoe is included so you can attach your own flash. An additional adaptor attaches to the base of the included flash, allowing it to be used with the hot shoe, too. However, the included flash is also designed to attach directly onto the body of the camera. Even thought the instruction manual states that the hot shoe and adaptor be used with the included camera flash, we experimented with bypassing the extra adaptors by installing a AA battery in the flash and pressing the shutter, which automatically triggered the flash! If you don't need different flashes, you don't need the extra bulk of these adaptors. The Diana F+ Glow in the Dark lomography camera is not in production and they are becoming increasingly hard to find in new, unused condition. read more

Vintage Answering Machines

phone mate 800s

Phone-Mate 800S Vintage Answering Machine

This 1970s Phone-Mate 800S vintage answering machine looks really cool and is pretty big, measuring 11.5 inches x 9.5 inches x 3.5 inches. It has a real wood casing with shiny black plastic and a brushed aluminum control panel, and it looks like something straight out of Mission: Impossible (the TV show, of course). The Phone-mate 800S is a genuine 1970s playboy bachelor’s telephone answering machine, with looks that complement the thousands of dollars worth of stereo Hi-Fi equipment any self-respecting playboy bachelor would have. It has a built-in recording tape that is permanently installed into the machine and a small external microphone used to record the greeting message. We have no clue how to operate this vintage answering machine. It powers on, tape rewinds, fast-forwards and plays. We can't hear any previous messages, only the old fashioned "beeeeeep" then a few seconds of silence before another beep. Some basic operating instructions are printed on back of the unit explain how to record greetings and playback messages. This Phone-Mate 800S vintage answering machine has sold, but we consider ourselves pioneers in recognizing the true coolness factor of these unusual collectibles, and we have found a few nice ones over the years. They can be used with any landline, and they provide a genuine nostalgic feel for both you and those who call you. Scroll down further to see more cool retro vintage answering machines we have come across. read more

MINOX EC VINTAGE SPY CAMERA

vintage spy camera

Cold War Spy Cameras 

THE MINOX SUBMINI 8x11 mm CAMERA WAS PRODUCED IN GERMANY IN THE 1930s AS A LUXURY GADGET ITEM, BUT WAS SOON ADOPTED BY BOTH AXIS AND ALLIED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II AS A COMPACT AND RELIABLE SPY CAMERA. MINOX HAS BEEN KNOWN EVER SINCE AS A HIGH-QUALITY PROVIDER OF SUBMINIATURE AND SPY CAMERAS AND ACCESSORIES. THIS MINOX EC IS THE 1981 UPDATE OF THE ORIGINAL MINOX 8x11 AND IS BRAND NEW IN BOX. THE CAMERA BODY MEASURES (CLOSED) 3 1/8 INCHES X 1 3/16 INCHES X 5/8 INCHES. IT IS COMPLETE (MINUS THE BATTERY, WHICH EXPIRED YEARS AGO) WITH FLASH CUBE SHOE, UNOPENED PACKAGE OF MINOCOLOR FILM (15 exp), BLACK METAL WRIST CHAIN, ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE AND CARDBOARD SLEEVE, AND COMPLETE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET AND WARRANTY CARD. THE COLD WAR SPY CAMERA INSTRUCTION BOOK IS GERMAN LANGUAGE ONLY, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS IN ENGLISH. HOWEVER, WE LOCATED AND WILL PROVIDE A CD-ROM WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION INSTRUCTIONS IN .PDF FORMAT. THE CAMERA SHUTTER WAS SNAPPED A COUPLE OF TIMES, BUT OTHERWISE EVERYTHING IS IN NEW, UNUSED CONDITION WITH ABSOLUTELY NO DAMAGE TO THE CAMERA, ACCESSORIES OR PACKAGING. IT SOLD AND WAS SHIPPED TO THE UK, SO CHECK BELOW FOR OTHER MINOX EC CAMERAS, AS WELL AS SOME OTHER COOL MINOX VINTAGE SPY CAMERAS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB! read more

ZEISS IKON SUPER IKONTA 530/2 VINTAGE CAMERA w/ CASE

zeiss super ikonta

This 1934 Zeiss-Ikon Super Ikonta 530/2 120 film camera is complete with Zeiss shutter release and original leather carrying case. A classic folding bellows style camera, this first Ikonta model has the quintessential look of Zeiss quality. We do not know if this camera works, as it has only been stared at for the last ten years as part of our personal camera collection. The shutter seems to respond very quickly when the lever on the right side of the lens is pushed. The shutter release doesn't seem to do anything, but, as stated, we don't know anything about the function (we will gladly check any mechanical operations for you, just send us a message with testing instructions). The lens and viewfinders look very clean, everything seems to be working very smoothly. In any case, the camera looks great just sitting on a shelf (we speak from experience), but might work perfectly for someone with the right knowledge and a roll of 120 (6x9cm) film. See photos below for detailed images of the actual product. read more

MACHINE AGE DARKFIELD PETRI DISH COLONY COUNTER VINTAGE LAB SCIENCE

machine age colony counter

THIS AWESOME FRANKENSTEIN-ISH MACHINE AGE VINTAGE LAB SCIENCE PETRI DISH COLONY COUNTER IS MADE OF HEAVY STEEL SHEETING WITH GLASS WINDOW AND MAGNIFIER AND CHROME EXTENSION ARM. THE DARKFIELD QUEBEC COLONY COUNTER FROM AMERICAN OPTICAL CORPORATION IS STILL COMPLETELY USEABLE IN IT'S ORIGINAL INTENDED USE, BUT IT ALSO MAKES A FUN LIGHTED MAGNIFYING TOOL FOR JEWELRY MAKING, MODEL BUILDING, OR OTHER MICRO-TOOL PROJECTS. WE USED IT AS AN UNUSUAL NIGHTLIGHT ON THE BEDROOM NIGHTSTAND. THIS DEVICE WAS USED IN A LAB SETTING AND SHOWS AGE AND WEAR ON THE BODY. THERE ARE NO DENTS OR OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AND ONLY A FEW VERY SMALL SPOTS OF RUST IN THE CRACKS. THE CHROME ARM HAS SOME RUST FORMING (CAN BE REMOVED WITH HOUSEHOLD 3-IN-1 OIL AND SOME FINE STEEL WOOL). FINALLY, THE MAGNIFYING GLASS HAS A SMALL CHIP IN THE BORDER EDGE NEAR THE ARM ATTACHMENT. THE BOX MEASURES 10 INCHES X 10 INCHES X 10.5 INCHES AND IT STANDS A TOTAL OF 13.5 INCHES TALL. read more