Retromania: The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age Paperback – 10 Dec 2012
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Whether the days of boxes and plates really were photography's 'golden age' is a matter for debate, but this fun, colourful and well-researched guide to retro cameras does make quite a good case. With vintage advertisements and a distinctive visual style, this makes a good gift for any fans of classic cameras. --Amateur Photographer Magazine
This nostalgic trip down memory lane offers many unexpected pleasures. There's a certain priggish joy that would be highly unlikely to garner even vaguely forgiving reviews in today's image-conscious market. Even inveterate camera-fancier Lawrence Harvey has to admit that Ricoh's 1988 Mirai 105 was 'a bit of a howler in the looks department'.
But, as is so often the way with books of this nature, it's the similarities - rather than the differences - that hit home the hardest. Only a few years ago many more of the cameras in Retromania would have looked almost as alien as 1974's aesthetically challenged Keystone Everflash 30, but thanks to the recent trend for retro-styled compact system camera models, you'll find that many of the cameras shown within the pages of this look look curiously current. --Digital Photographer Magazine
About the Author
A camera aficionado, LAWRENCE HARVEY has spent years trawling auctions, car boot sales, junk shops, and everything in between to amass his unique collection of vintage photo curios. This is his first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm pleased to see the lowly Halina 35x mentioned. It isn't a very good review and I have to say it is probably accurate, but it was the camera I was gifted, aged 11 that sparked my professional career. I love this book because the author clearly loves cameras.
It's clearly written by someone who is passionate about his subject ,and stays mostly true to the theme of 'peoples cameras'. You won't find any Leica's or Rolleiflex TLR's in here, it's very much the mass produced funky stuff for the masses, and all the better for it. It is also inevitably a personal eclectic selection, and as such has a number of omissions that I would like to have seen, most notably the Rollei 35, one of the smallest and best selling 35mm compact cameras ever made in the 60's and 70's ( maybe not funky enough? ) .Anyway, superb book. Guaranteed winner for anyone interested in cameras and/or photography, and probably the best stocking filler I couldn't be bothered waiting for my wife to take the hint and get for me.
and didn't have to ask for help understanding the jargon used nowadays!
Very interesting book for anyone interested in camera memorabilia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its not a bad read but it could go into many more cameras than it doesPublished 8 months ago by Keith Watson
Absolutely brilliant insight into the "I used to have one of those!" World. Well researched and plenty of info. RecommendedPublished 17 months ago by Peter
I like this book. It might not include all the models that you expect but it does include lots of good examples, presented nicely.Published on 4 Jun. 2014 by Paul C B
I can only agree with other reviews - this is an engaging read. More of a nostalgia trip than a serious account of the most notable cameras of the period, but never comes close to... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by the Bear
Have had a sneak look before wrapping it up - looks good to me - don't really know enough about the subject thoughPublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by Paddynoname
Excellent book, read through in one engrossing sitting, illustrations are good and text is succinct. The succinct text is also very engrossing - five more words! my assPublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by kevin