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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bakelite Gone Mad

Remember our discussions last year about The World's Ugliest Camera? One reader has found another good candidate. It's the Coronet Popular Twelve, made in England some 55 years ago.

Hmm, I wonder what would get the nod as the ugliest digital camera in current production?

And don't forget our eventual prizewinner. Still the champion!

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, thanks to Craig

7 Comments:

Blogger Mark Roberts said...

I like the "Coronac" lens!
"Heart Attack Ugly"? Could be...

8:18 AM  
Blogger slow ninja said...

that coronet is wicked cool! looks a lot art deco to me, a ton of personality!!
I don't think there's any camera that can beat the current top 1.

8:26 AM  
Blogger BlankPhotog said...

Esthetics are subjective. What I'm more interested in is the "worst professional camera" category. Worst images, highest price tag. Oh I know, I know, it's the glass, stupid...

9:09 AM  
Blogger Paul Mc Cann said...

Brings back memories. My first camera, when I was about 15, was a Coronet. Took 127 film I think.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Adam McAnaney said...

First off, let me just say that I whole-heartedly agree that the Simmons Brothers Omega 120 fell out of the fugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

BUT, I also have to agree with Anonymous, who pointed out (in the original post) that it at least has some merit as the grandfather of the Koni-Omerga Rapid. I own a Rapid 200, and I have to admire its design and overall system quality. Construction, lenses, simpicity, attention to detail, etc. all add up to a fine camera at rock-bottom prices (I picked up mine in excellent condition for $100 and change). Thanks to the rangefinder design and leaf shutter, you have to look really hard for a system that makes quality hand-held 6x7 street photography more practical. The Mamiya Universal, Super 23 and 7, and the Plaubel Makina 67 and 670 are the only cameras that come close (I am discounting the older folders, some of which had excellent lenses for their day, but generally don't hold up to modern standards). The Mamiya 7 and Plaubel Makina cameras cost significantly more. The Mamiya Universal and Super 23 are supposed to be excellent cameras for roughly the same price as the Konis and I hope to pick one up some time soon. But that does nothing to take away from the Koni-Omega Rapid as an excellent camera in its own right (plus, it can still be had for less than the others). Finally, I would point out that the earlier Plaubel Makinas (see: http://cgi.ebay.de/Plaubel-Makina-II-Makina-II_W0QQitemZ280106533276QQihZ018QQcategoryZ93780QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) and the Mamiya Universal and Super 23 aren't likely to win awards for their looks anytime soon either.

BTW, for a look at some truly odd cameras, some of which are so ugly they're beautiful, check out:

http://johnsrolleionlypage.homestead.com/historicallyimportantcameras.html

Best regards,
Adam

P.S. Did I mention that I agree that the Simmons Brothers Omega 120 is ugly?

5:39 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

These ugly cameras remind me of some pretty ugly motorcycles that Suzuki made over the last 20 years or so...e.g. the Suzuki Katana 600's.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Srdjan said...

Fugliest camera I have is old Soviet Smena 2. Later Smenas weren't beauty queens but Smena 2 is so far ugliest kid in whole family.

http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/smena2/

If we talk about most beutiful Soviet cam, Zorki 10 comes in mind: http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?Zorki10.html~mainFrame

It's like old SF movie gadget :)

3:29 AM  

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