In camera

Haiku wonders if this is a French Leica:

If you were thinking “I really want a rangefinder camera with a Leica M mount and no rear display or memory card,” then a new French startup called Pixii has read your mind. It unveiled a digital rangefinder, also called Pixii, that it calls “a radical take on what a modern camera should be.” Instead of packing a display on the back, all photos are meant to be viewed on your smartphone. And to compose the photo, there’s an old-school optical rangefinder rather than an electronic viewfinder.

Also, a bit of film history, via Chuckles:

6 comments for “In camera

  1. The Blocked Dwarf
    October 23, 2018 at 15:41

    *recomposes mental Xmas-Present-To-Himself list*
    (or would if he believed in Xmas. Maybe it should go on the ‘When I win the Euromillions rollover jackpot’ list of toys to buy).

  2. robbo
    October 23, 2018 at 16:01

    At one time i had upwards of forty cameras courtesy of ebay, probably some of the best photos i took where on an Halina tlr 2 1/4 negative… but several years
    ago i won 1000 hk dollars for two mobilephone photos my son photoshopped….. I worked for a multi national they had a competition

    • The Blocked Dwarf
      October 23, 2018 at 20:54

      Some of the ‘best’ (ie sharpest, best definition, depth etc) photos I ever took weren’t with my 50’s Voigtlander mirror reflex (carved out a solid block of former Krupps panzer stahl, judging by its weight and bulletproof-ness) nor with any of the modern 35mms or ancient German 35mms I had. Those best photos were taken with a 110 that the mother-in-law (a Pharmacist) had been given as a ‘werbegag’ (ie an ‘advertising gift’ or ‘freebie’) , a 110 so small that it was almost impossible to use a flash bar (about the size of a Cadbury’s dairy milk) on it as it made it so top heavy…the camera was a cheap bit of ‘made in Taiwan’ plastic only marginally bigger than the cassette film it took.
      I tried a lot of other proper 110s after it finally broke but none of them came close to the image quality. I , or rather Mother-the-outlaw, was just lucky.

  3. dearieme
    October 23, 2018 at 22:33

    I can remember a discussion with a pal who was a research chemist at Kodak. We agreed that the firm’s wisest course would be to accept that its expertise was in demanding, specialised areas of chemical processing and that it should try to make its living at that.

    Your link shows that Fuji took that route and Kodak didn’t.

    I wonder what Xerox should have done.

  4. October 24, 2018 at 01:27

    Somewhere in my closet is my grandfather’s old Wollensak super 8 camera, projector and film editor I’ve been waiting to gift someone.
    Mr Dutch has been known to collect Leicas and other vintage cameras.

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