Blurberati with Cameras: Nishika N8000

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Nishika N8000

For the uninitiated, #camerathursdays is our little camera show-and-tell series. Because at Blurb we don’t just obsess about bookmaking, we obsess about cameras. And today’s camera is a true original, mind boggling in both its physical aspect, and its output. In fact, I hadn’t seen one until the photo arrived in my inbox.

Camera: Nishika N8000
Employee: Thomas
Job: Designer

While I use a perfectly well-functioning and dependable m4/3 digital system for work, I would never surrender the fun of picking up developed films from the less reliable and idiosyncratic cameras in my collection. I have acquired and retained through sentimentality, an interest in the evolution in product-design – and a love of gimmicks and design dead ends. 

I came across the Nishika N8000 on flickr and bought one as soon as I could, having long been wowed by animated gifs made from stereoscopic images from as early as 1895. The camera itself is a ridiculous thing. As well as a weighty, metal base, the design has a lot of vestigial features used to suggest that this is a rather more serious camera than it really is: a fake LCD display, with printed-on characters, a prism style bump on top and and a battery compartment which, rather than firing a motor, powers an LED which helpfully tells you when it is dark, or when the battery is running out!

It shoots 4 images over 2 frames of standard 35mm and I have used it both to make animated gifs and anaglyphic (red+blue stereoscopy) images. Though it requires a bit of work to register the frames, and there are inconsistencies in between frames (probably best to scan the negatives one’s self ), I’ve got my first roll of film back and I’m actually pretty pleased with how it come out. Anaglyphic Blurb book on the way!

Click each image to see it in anaglyphic format  (you’ll need red/blue 3D glasses to get the effect)

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It’ll be hard to top this beauty, but we’ll be back next week with another dispatch from our little corner of camera nerd heaven.

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4 Comments

  1. How do you make the gifs? Can you give instructions?

    By Daiana
      November 11, 2013 – 8:07 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Daiana,

    That’s a great question. There are a number of websites and programs out there that let you create animated GIFs. I can’t really recommend any specifically, because I haven’t done it myself, but I suggest doing a search.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      November 11, 2013 – 11:20 am   Permalink
  3. I would like to know where you sent off your film to get developed. I was given a complete Nishika set up from a friend and would like to try it out, but do not know where I would send the film off to be developed or where to get film for it. Does it just take normal 35mm film? Thanks in advance.

    By Matt Ison
      November 23, 2013 – 8:18 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Matt,

    The Nishika takes 35mm film. Freestylephoto is a great place to buy film online. In terms of developing, I use Photoworks in San Francisco, which accepts negatives by mail.

    Have fun!

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      January 3, 2014 – 2:43 pm   Permalink

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