FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works!

A Visual Compendium of Cameras


Whether you’re using a digital camera or a film camera, photography is photography… and we’re happy to say that Pop Chart Labs knows that. Their soon to be printed Visual Compendium of Cameras traces the history of the world capturing device through 100 landmark renditions, from the original film based Kodak camera of 1888 and the Leica A of 1925, to the digital Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Go Pro Hero III of today (yes, names have become longer). For any lover of capturing the world around them – whether in black & white or high definition moving color – this poster is camera gold.

How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

A new algorithm suggests there is information lurking in images that cameras have yet to tap. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require trial and error to focus an object.

An Entire Roll of Film on One Disk

Explaining some very futuristic technology for it’s 1985 air date, this clip from the long running BBC series Tomorrows World explores the new frontier of digital photography. Hard to believe in that era, but the host was able to fit an entire roll of pictures on “just on floppy disk.” She then proceeds to explain the yet to be released digital camera and an early video camera based technique for capturing images. Just how far have we come? She would need about 16,000 1 megabyte floppies to equal a single of todays 16 gigabyte SD cards.