Worst camera of all time

1 month 1 day ago #652168 by MM Images
It's a Friday and I'm struck with the question of which camera historically was so hated, that it was infamously crowned as worst camera of all time?


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1 month 16 hours ago - 1 month 16 hours ago #652215 by icepics
The Fotron by the Traid Corporation. Yes, I have one of these worthless cameras (because it's ridiculous sitting on a shelf! but has a cool midcentury vibe). I did not do like Marcy of Junk Store Cameras (see below) did opening the top of the camera, but I will take her word for it that's it an electrical nightmare inside. Nor did I plug mine in.

The company made their own proprietary cartridges using 828 film, which was the same size as 35mm but without sprocket holes to latch and advance the spool to be usable with any other camera made then. It came in a black square plastic box. You shot your film, mailed it in to be developed, got your pictures back, and bought more square plastic boxes of film to pop into the back of your camera. They were sold door to door.

www.junkstorecameras.com/project/traid-fotron

edit- Oh, and I have the photo album or 'Pictorial Record' to go with it, but darn, no pictures came in mine...

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1 month 9 hours ago #652232 by Garbo
What’s that one from Hassaldblad with the wooden handle. 

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1 month 5 hours ago #652236 by fmw
I have no idea, sorry.  But I can tell which camera was the worst I ever owned.  It was a Hasselblad 1000F.  The only good thing I can say about it is that they replaced it with the 500C.


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4 weeks 2 days ago #652294 by Troponin

icepics wrote: The Fotron by the Traid Corporation. Yes, I have one of these worthless cameras (because it's ridiculous sitting on a shelf! but has a cool midcentury vibe). I did not do like Marcy of Junk Store Cameras (see below) did opening the top of the camera, but I will take her word for it that's it an electrical nightmare inside. Nor did I plug mine in.

The company made their own proprietary cartridges using 828 film, which was the same size as 35mm but without sprocket holes to latch and advance the spool to be usable with any other camera made then. It came in a black square plastic box. You shot your film, mailed it in to be developed, got your pictures back, and bought more square plastic boxes of film to pop into the back of your camera. They were sold door to door.

www.junkstorecameras.com/project/traid-fotron

edit- Oh, and I have the photo album or 'Pictorial Record' to go with it, but darn, no pictures came in mine...


Haha! I have no idea if the camera is the worst or not, but I enjoyed the read. When you mentioned door to door sales I got a little nostalgic. So annoying, but a sign of the times. 

A more recent development was Yashica. I saw them on social media as a kick starter at one point. Then I saw them pop up on DPR a while back. This camera is pretty terrible and they made so much money on it. 



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