Adidas Camera

It always seems that when something great goes away, we don’t realize how great it actually was until its nearly gone. Film is that thing. Although I wouldn’t say film is gone, it certainly has been on its way out. I know I’ve personally taken it for granted, but when I see cameras like this or the return of the Polaroid, it makes me want to experiment.

This camera by Steven Monteau is called the Guillotine / Adidas Camera and was intended for use shooting ultra-wide action sequences on 120 film. The effect that the three images as one create is really beautiful.

The way the camera works is by sliding the long angular strip that acts at your shutter quickly once to expose the film. The body is built out of cardboard and utilizes two winding knobs to wind the spool. I’m quite curious though whether or not there are stops so you know how far you’re winding the spool or if you have to guess.

Check out more of the process here

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Lawrie says:

August 20, 2010 at 5:48 am

Awesome! Usually with 120 film, there’s a window on the back of the camera and you wind it on until you see the number markings on the back of the film. On the sketch, the back piece seems to have a window cut out for that.


David says:

August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am

Love the effects generated by the camera. It’s great to see a bit of a revivial in the use of film – there’s just something more dynamic about having one chance to capture an image.


Jag Nagra says:

August 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

That’s quite interesting. Though I’m finding it harder and harder to find labs that still develop 120 film, without having to ship it off somewhere, these days


Steven -l-l-l- Monteau says:

August 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

thanks for the appresh guys

PS : yep there is a window on the back of the camera

as there are 12 number markings (for 6x6cm frames) on 120 film, i have to wind the film to numbers 2, 5, 8, and 11 (6x18cm frames baby !)