15 of the World’s Weirdest Low-Tech Film Cameras

Delivery Truck Pinhole Camera

Unusual Cameras Delivery Truck Pinhole

An ordinary delivery truck was turned into a massive portable pinhole camera for photographer Ian Ruhter’s project, Silver & Light. Ruhter took the truck around the U.S. to take photos of passersby and the streets on large-format film plates. The resulting images are stunning, but expensive: each one costs about $500 to create.

French Revolver Camera

Unusual Cameras French Revolver

Pull out this little gold revolver and point it at someone, and you’re likely to be taken down – even though the only thing it shoots is photographs. The Photo-Revolver de Poche is a French camera from 1882 that closely resembles a pistol, with its cylinder containing a magazine mechanism for 10 photo plates.

Stereo Photosphere Camera

Unusual Cameras Stereoscope

Among the earliest all-metal cameras, the Stereo Photosphere is the most rare and valuable of all Photosphere cameras dating back to the late 1800s. It has two separate lenses with individual image sensors to simulate human binocular vision, making the resulting photos look three-dimensional.

Demon Detective Camera

Unusual Cameras Demon Detective

Weighing just three ounces, the (comparatively) tiny Demon Detective Camera takes single-round exposures on dry plates and features a funnel-shaped front with a flat stamped back. The advertising slogan for this 1880s camera was “In daylight, gaslight, sunshine, rain, Each faithfully Demon works the same, And, fills with life the album page; While five guinea cameras groan with rage.”

Trash Cam

Unusual Cameras Dumpster 1

Unusual Cameras Dumpster 2

Who would have thought that dumpsters could take such stunning photographs? The Trashcam Project turned ordinary dumpsters into large pinhole cameras that were rolled around the city of Hamburg, Germany to take striking images of the scenery.