The Fujifilm Rensha Cardia Byu-N 16 Digital camera is a 35mm Movie Gif Machine

There’s actually no scarcity of weird cameras and lenses which were created for each the patron {and professional} audiences, however one of many strangest might have been made by Fujifilm again within the Nineteen Nineties.

Rediscovered by photographer and YouTuber Taylor Noel in 2019 and seen by DIYPhotography, the Fujifilm Rensha Cardia Byu-N 16 is one such and in any other case referred to as the “GIF Machine.”

This 35mm movie digicam was launched in 1995 and was marketed in the direction of golf professionals and fans particularly as a result of this bizarre little system has sixteen particular person 27mm f/9.5 lenses, every with its personal shutter. The digicam can shoot in fast succession of 1/250, successfully making a bodily movie gif properly earlier than the file sort grew to become as ubiquitous as it’s as we speak. Initially, this was meant to document a golfer in order that they may return and analyze their swings after the very fact.

The Byu-N 16 is an replace to the 1991 8-Lens Rensha Cardia that was focused at Runners (based mostly on the graphic of a bit runner on the entrance versus the golfer on the 16) that lets the photographer shoot photographs in two modes. A photographer can select to seize a sequence one by one utilizing the left facet shutter button or can select to fireside all 16 pictures in fast succession utilizing the “golf ball” shutter button on the precise facet of the digicam. It captures Eight photographs on every 35mm movie body and makes use of two frames on a roll per burst to seize 16 complete photographs. With the fastened f-stop and shutter velocity of this method, you’ll need a variety of gentle to seize a photograph efficiently, which is probably going why it was aimed on the {golfing} world since vibrant out of doors gentle is predicted. In any other case, you’ll should “push” the event of your movie as Noel illustrates within the video above.

Whereas this unusual system was initially designed for sensible {golfing} use circumstances, in his video Noel reveals that it may be utilized in quite a lot of totally different conditions to create some fantastic items of artwork, so long as you’re prepared to course of and scan all of the movie. This technique seems to be fairly uncommon, as the one related digicam proven as obtainable on eBay on the time of publication is the Byu-N 8. Nevertheless, in case you do occur to come back throughout one in your thrift retailer searches, it’s certainly a enjoyable system to experiment with and is probably going fairly a collector’s merchandise.

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