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The ugliest camera you ever saw.
Old 06-15-2013   #1
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The ugliest camera you ever saw.

I am just curious what you consider the ugliest camera ever? Just for fun. Please post a picture if you can.
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Interesting subject matter...
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Old 06-15-2013   #4
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Already been done.

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Argus bricks, and those 1970/80's autofocus 35mm slr polycarbonate globs.
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Everything has already been done, and every answer can be found using google search.

But where's the fun in that?
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Sorry, but we can play again? I think the Lunar by Hassy is it for me.

http://www.hasselblad-lunar.com/
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I can think of many, however they tend to be 'ugly' due to their 'form follows function' design, for example the Mamiya 23, or the deliberately manufactured obscene Russian counterfeit gold Leica's, however in my mind, the ugliest camera today that you can buy new has to be the Hasselblad Lunar:

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I think the winners are already in that thread, but notable mention should be made of the Olympus Ecru (even worse than the O-Product):

http://di1-2.shoppingshadow.com/imag...ympus+ECRU.jpg
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Everything has already been done, and every answer can be found using google search.

But where's the fun in that?
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I think that there are too many obscure cameras to mention.

For what is mainstream, I think that Mamiya cameras are not attractive. There are some cameras by Nikon, Canon, Rolleiflex, Konica, Leica, and etc. but nothing from Mamiya I have ever found attractive.
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Wow,that Hassy Lunar is stunning!!! Ugly, is hands down, my "Frankencamera"
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For what is mainstream, I think that Mamiya cameras are not attractive. There are some cameras by Nikon, Canon, Rolleiflex, Konica, Leica, and etc. but nothing from Mamiya I have ever found attractive.
Strange... I used a Mamiya C330 for some time and still miss it. I very much liked it, and I still have a picture of it, which is one of my two favorite photos of my cameras.

The ugliest I owned was this one:

http://www.kameramuseum.de/0-fotokam...rra1-halb.html

I had one for some time because it was so ugly and funny. You could take off the lens protector, turn it back to front, and screw it in the lens thread to make it a lens shade. Really strange thing. Now you can get them for 5 to 10 Euros on Ebay…
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Ugly?

Hi, i opened that old thread about ugliest cameras, and found a pair which were cosnidered that way, Arguses c-33 and Autotronic...

But i couldn´t find them to be ugly at all rare, yes but in it´s way very stylish and so i went for searching to start a little non costly collection of argus cameras..thanks for the thread!!!

And to answer your question i find the Hassy, quite ugly...
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Strange... I used a Mamiya C330 for some time and still miss it. I very much liked it, and I still have a picture of it, which is one of my two favorite photos of my cameras.

The ugliest I owned was this one:

http://www.kameramuseum.de/0-fotokam...rra1-halb.html

I had one for some time because it was so ugly and funny. You could take off the lens protector, turn it back to front, and screw it in the lens thread to make it a lens shade. Really strange thing. Now you can get them for 5 to 10 Euros on Ebay…
I think that the Werra is beautiful.
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Just to stirr thing up: maybe not the ugliest, but certainly an ugly camera in my eyes: the Olympus OM-D. I know it has its share of fans, but really? What is it but a wannabe manual focus camera? Why does it have that ugly bump for its EVF? Compared to to the Sony Nex 7 camera it is form over function, while the Sony is function over form.

And that Hassy, it is a bold statement and I like bold statements....
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The Werra is a great bit of design, with smooth surfaces on it, and all the controls, including the wind, falling naturally to the hand.
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Mwooten has the correct answer.
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I would be comfortable giving the title to any of these:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/In...6/N/4288586277
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What can I say, I really think it is ugly. Lens to body proportion is all wrong.

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i guess the "uglyness" of the hassy relies in the fact is a mock up build around an existing camera...a mock up with great pretensions, i remember that beetle with rolls royce grill, but that one was a joke...this one is not...it´s more expensive than a leica m-e!!!
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I would be comfortable giving the title to any of these:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/In...6/N/4288586277
Those Fujifilm Instax cameras are absolutely sleek compared to the old Kodak "Colorburst" instants.
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Samsung as a brand certainly has a few contenders:

ECX1:


Maxima 105:



No idea how ergonomically friendly they may or may not be...
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Member 'majid' beat me to it, the Contarex bullseye.
Of course every one's opinion will be different. Based upon general knowledge of camera history.

There was a camera sold door to door back in the 60's, The Triad Corp. Fotron that was in the top ten for ugly, at least.
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Member 'majid' beat me to it, the Contarex bullseye.
Of course every one's opinion will be different. Based upon general knowledge of camera history.

There was a camera sold door to door back in the 60's, The Triad Corp. Fotron that was in the top ten for ugly, at least.
Its funny you know, I would not class the Bullseye as ugly. To me its certainly unique but not ugly. "Purposeful" perhaps in the same way that the old cold war aircraft the F4 Phantom has been described as purposeful. Solid and Germanic certainly.

Now when it comes to ugly I would class the old US camera Argus camera as ugly - commonly known as the "brick" as this was its shape - brick like rectangular and no frills and........uuuuuuuuuugly

If it were a person I would feel free to describe it as having a "face like a navvies grandma" or a "head like a robbers dog" two humorous Australian (originally British) epithets for someone who fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down as they say in the US.

(An even better one I heard was a description of a member of the fairer sex as having "arms like a navvy and a face like dried fruit")

Enough to put a man off his drink........or drive him to it.
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Samsung as a brand certainly has a few contenders:

ECX1:


Maxima 105:



No idea how ergonomically friendly they may or may not be...
Cameras from Mickey's Toontown?
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Just to stirr thing up: maybe not the ugliest, but certainly an ugly camera in my eyes: the Olympus OM-D. I know it has its share of fans, but really? What is it but a wannabe manual focus camera? Why does it have that ugly bump for its EVF? Compared to to the Sony Nex 7 camera it is form over function, while the Sony is function over form.

And that Hassy, it is a bold statement and I like bold statements....
I agree - it is a real kitch and I still can´t understand why so many people think it is sooooooo cooool...
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What can I say, I really think it is ugly. Lens to body proportion is all wrong.

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Right you are. I call `em zombie cameras cause you look like one when you use it.
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I still can´t understand why so many people think it is sooooooo cooool...
So many people? Name 2...
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Right you are. I call `em zombie cameras cause you look like one when you use it.
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i can just imagine them using this thing, no vf, so hands and arms straight out, head tilted up, mouth open. just remove the camera, the zombie similarities is uncanny.
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Samsung as a brand certainly has a few contenders:

ECX1:


Maxima 105:



No idea how ergonomically friendly they may or may not be...
I love the ECX-1. But I do feel a little silly shooting it.


Samsung ECX1 x 2 by Greyscale3, on Flickr
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I think the Argus C3 brick is the ugliest I've ever used.

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. I think the Kodak Medalist might qualify, but I would like to see and use one. (wikimedia image)
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