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Friday, April 14, 2006

The Sam Memorial Dog Camera Award

Son of Sam?

...And we have a winner. Named for Sam, the late purebred Chinese crested hairless that won the "World's Ugliest Dog" Contest three years running until his demise (by all rights, he should definitely have retired the prize), T.O.P. hereby awards the Sam Memorial Dog Camera Award for World's Ugliest Camera to the Simmons Brothers Omega 120, the early American precursor to the Koni-Omega. It is a sad thought indeed, but the world may never see an uglier camera. Mere tastelessness cannot reach such heights, and the sameness encouraged by modern manufacture will probably doom such Rube Goldberg contraptions. R.I.P.

Thanks to the two commenters who nominated it!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My lord... I dont think I can handle this. It's threatening.

7:25 PM  
Blogger 3yellowdogs said...

An inspired choice for both the winner and its namesake. Is it me or can you almost see a little of the dear, departed Sam in the Simmons Omega?

From reading about the camera, it takes good photographs. That's a good thing because it has a "face" only a mother could love.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang, I forgot the Argus brick and the Graflex XL with the self-mutilating plastic lens mounts. Or my Brooks Veriwide whose chrome sluffed off. But a fine choice all the same.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Martin B. said...

I think I just lost my lunch...

9:45 PM  
Blogger Pancho said...

Now that is UGLY! Intriguingly ugly. Looks like something that came out of the Starwars bar!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As ugly as that thing is, I seem to see the grandfather (or possibly 2nd cousin) of my lovely Koni-Omega Rapid 6 X 7 lurking in there somewhere.

Need Moar Cowbell !!!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Najjelem said...

It is a real ugly dog but this photo is great. If u want take a little wak by my blog it is in spanish but well pictures no matter the lenguage but the intention. bye take care

3:28 PM  
Blogger Gnomeself Be True said...

Well, Momma used to say “Pretty is as pretty does.”
I have the grandchild of that camera, a Koni-Omega Rapid. Koni didn’t start out very pretty and the years have not been kind to her. She’s been beat with an ugly stick so many times that small children laugh at her as I carry her by. My own dear son wanted to know why anyone had taken the time to “paint that brick.”
I recently added to Koni’s battle scars by dropping her in a parking lot. I made the mistake of relating this story to a friend, who’s only comment was “How bad did you hurt the pavement?”
Ten thousand comedians out of work and all of these amateurs….
So, she may be pretty ugly and, she may be getting pretty cantankerous in her old age but, she still make a pretty nice negative, and you know what Momma used to say….

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly! yes. But it handles beautifully. It is well balanced, comfortable an absolute delight to use...And it creates the best photographs of any camera in my vast collection. In addition it is built like the proverbial brick S---house, and can be easily repaired should thye necessity arise. What more can you ask for?

12:56 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Good Jesus that is hideous. Where can I buy one?

11:38 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I thought when I first saw it, I thought it that it had to be a joke...that someone intentionally set out to build a camera this ugly, but the fact that it's a real production camera gives this puppy an even stronger "truth is stranger than fiction" gestalt.

Additionally, this is one of the funniest threads I have read in quite a of the good reasons to stop by every day to see what's up at TOP.

12:48 AM  
Blogger kman said...

where is the duct tape?

9:03 PM  
Blogger jonr said...

It looks like a prop from a Tim Burton movie. It is so ugly, I want one, just to scare little children and models...

5:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

No, not ugly at all. Its beautiful really, and incredibly functional for its time.

9:26 PM  
Blogger heritagefutures said...

Is that your camera? would be interested in acquiring it!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Dirk HR,
No, sorry.


11:11 AM  

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