Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Retromania: The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age Paperback – 10 Dec 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, 10 Dec 2012
£13.48 £22.79
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ilex Press; 01 edition (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781570019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781570012
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 1.5 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

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.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Photography isn't a hobby, it isn't a profession it's a passion and a calling. Cameras are the tools that make it all possible. As a boy I dreamed of owning one of the fabulous cameras in this book. Listed and described in this wonderful book are the most fantastic and beautiful pieces of technology. Unlike present day iPhones or Nintendo thingys they are enduring and, dare I say it, these days collectable.
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.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Brilliant book for camera nuts. It's the layout format that does it for me, perfect balance between period graphics and factual text . You instantly get a sense of the period each camera came from and a sense of changing functions and fashions as each decade unfolds.
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
By far my favourite literature of retro cameras, retromania has a witty repartee, and great visuals! An absorbing, captivating, refreshing and insightful approach to the world of retro cameras, without too much techno jargon, this is at the top of my Xmas list for all friends that have an interest in cameras.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've bought this book for my hubby who is very interested in photography. A few months ago I bought 6 retro cameras for him and wanted to get him something to enhance his knowledge of older cameras- and this book is perfect. 5 of the 6 cameras I've bought him are in here! It's a great little encyclopedia of retro cool cameras and if you are just interested in retro items its a very good read. Colour photos, camera diagrams and even old advertising posters are all included here, its a trip down memory lane! Hmm, I want to keep this book for myself now.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this fascinating book for Hubby who knew how to use these cameras
and didn't have to ask for help understanding the jargon used nowadays!
Very interesting book for anyone interested in camera memorabilia.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One of the best books on retro cameras i've bought! - The whole style and layout of the book is spot on and reflects and maintains the whole retro feeling. - Top quality images of the cameras are on each page along with excerpts from actual manuals and advertising material. Over all a funky little book thats a great read
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Until I picked up this book I thought my Ricoh TLS401 camera ,which I bought on a whim a coupe of years ago , was the funkiest of cameras . Although I love it , this book convinces me there are even more unusual cameras out there , waiting for me to collect and admire them . A book that describes and illustrates wonderful old photo taking machines that can easily become addictive !!!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Inexpensive book showing some interesting cameras from years gone by.Covers a good variety of price ranges. Some cameras I remember seeing in my younger years. Cameras are explained in simple terms, highlighting there unusual features and quoting price in relation to weekly wage in the same era. There are good illustrations of the original packaging and instructions manuals. Made me thank about visiting second hand/charity shops looking for interesting old cameras.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback