Archive for January 2016
Hooray, Fujifilm photographers–the wait is over! At last, a replacement to the X-Pro1 camera has been announced, with an estimated delivery of February 2016. There are two other cameras and a lens in the new X-Series lineup as well! Please get your preorders in to us as quickly as possible–you can call the store at (303) 797-0700 or email Erin at email@example.com.
Englewood Camera sees a lot of cool old stuff. Having been in business for more than 60 years, and with our used equipment department, a lot of vintage treasures have ended up on our shelves or in our backroom.
One cool item that is hot, hot, hot right now is the Graflex 3 Cell Flashgun–an accessory from the Speed Graphic 4×5 cameras of the 1940s. This tube held flash bulbs for photojournalists or other photographers, and wasn’t very exciting for collectors or working photographers after that time period. That is, it wasn’t exciting until Star Wars.
In 1977, George Lucas came out with the original Star Wars, and a sweat new weapon called the Lightsaber. This simple yet elegant weapon was modeled after the Graflex 3 Cell flashtube, and was only slightly modified for the Star Wars films. Englewood Camera is lucky to have one of these original flashtubes in our collection–though we have quite a few other models of the flashtube that can also serve as Lightsaber props. Crazier yet, with the launch of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, these flashtubes are selling on eBay from $500 on up. The other versions can go from $50 to $250 too, and we have some replicas available in our eBay store. Want to read more on the history of the Graflex 3 Cell flashtube as the Lightsaber prop? Check out this link for more details. Read the rest of this entry »