380 rare vintage cameras on display at Tokyo museum exhibition

Rare and vintage cameras, ranging from those inside a soda can to a lighter as seen in the Hollywood classic ‘Roman Holiday’, are on display at a special exhibit at a museum in India Tokyo camera.

The show, which features around 380 unique cameras, is currently taking place at the JCII Camera Museum in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district, which traces the rapid development of camera history.

A wide variety of cameras have been developed after the first became available to the public about 180 years ago.

Some have been outfitted with innovative technologies while others have become huge sellers.

There are also uniquely shaped cameras and others that have not been widely used.

“It’s a testament to the efforts being made to improve the cameras,” museum director Hiroshi Yano said.

Items on display include a British-made Ticka, which is the same shape and size as a pocket watch, with a lens mounted in the crown of the watch.

A French-made camera called Le Multi-Photo could capture up to nine images on a single plate or take stereoscopic photos by attaching lenses to different mounts.

A German-made Doppel-Sport camera was mounted on a pigeon.

A Japanese-made Echo 8, which is a lighter with a built-in camera, was featured in a scene from “Roman Holiday”, in which the gadget is used to take pictures of a princess played by Audrey Hepburn.

Made for promotional purposes, a Coca-Cola can camera looks amazingly like a real Coke can in size and shape.

As the single-use “Utsurun-desu” (QuickSnap) camera took Japan by storm, a camera with a “selfie stick” marketed by Minolta Co. (now Konica Minolta Inc.) in 1983 was not widely used in Japan. time.

The museum houses around 20,000 cameras and other photography-related equipment from Japan and abroad.

A Giroux Daguerreotype camera (1839), the world’s first commercially available camera, and other rare items are displayed in the permanent exhibition.

The special exhibition runs until October 16. The place is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is closed on Mondays except on public holidays, in which case it is closed the following day.

Admission is 300 yen ($2) for adults and free for middle schoolers and young children.

For more information, visit the official website at (https://www.jcii-cameramuseum.jp/top-e/).