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Blackbird, Fly

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Remember those twin-lens reflex cameras you see photographers using in old movies? Here's a great modern spin on them. The Blackbird, Fly from Japanese designer Superheadz is a candy-colored vertical camera with two lenses that move together like acrobats on a trapeze.

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You hold it at waist level and the image is projected into the top viewfinder. It's a blend of old-style photography with the digital age. Unlike old-style twin-lens reflex cameras, the Blackbird, Fly uses 35mm film, making it easier to process than 120mm.

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When you're taking the pictures, there are three different formats to choose from: normal 35mm, square, or full frame (the images are taken over the sprockets of the film, as above). Check out the website to see some pictures. Very cool, and only $140.

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While we're on the subject of cameras, here are a couple of others that look great. The Golden Half, also by Superheadz, let's you take half-and-half pictures: two images side by side. And the Blue Ribbon Wide Angle Camera takes wide-angle 35mm shots that come out oversaturated with tunnel vision. Both come in at less than half the price of Blackbird, Fly.

Lots of options if you ever get bored with digital. RM

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