Focusing On Reuse: Cameras Reborn as Lamps

Focusing On Reuse: Cameras Reborn as Lamps

Taryn Williford
Aug 27, 2013

What happens when old cameras stop functioning, too costly and difficult to repair back to good use? They're usually thrown out or donated. But even if a gorgeous vintage piece of equipment stops functioning as a camera, it can be refitted to hold a light bulb and turned into a unique conversation piece...

Y Studio remakes old things new again for the sake of art. In this case, two mid-century camera models are reborn as table lamps. A Kiev rangefinder camera (probably from the 1970's) and a vintage Agfa Ansco camera (from around the 1940's) are attached to booms and fitted with bulbs, creating one-of-a-kind lighting pieces giving the cameras another lease on life.

If these pieces or the ones below inspire any DIY'ers to try a conversion project, vintage cameras like these can be bought from eBay or Etsy for around $60 right now. Then, follow along with this Apartment Therapy tutorial to wire up the camera through an old lamp stand or DIY pipe rig.

More info and images: Y Studio

Here's another reclaimed camera turned lamp, this one by HGTV Star, Cris Mercado, made from an old film camera, a wooden tripod, a light kit and illuminated with an Edison bulb.

Another beautiful camera conversion, this one done by Etsy seller, Retrobender.

(Images: Y Studio; HGTV; Retrobender)

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