Cameraspotting: Duran Duran’s Girl Panic
Jonas Åkerlund‘s new video for “Girl Panic” by Duran Duran features supermodels acting as the band members. It’s a really lavish and entertaining mini-movie, and it was apparently banned by MTV for girl-girl sexuality and excessive product placement. But, I was delighted to find that much of the “placement” was for some classic cameras! I love that Åkerlund used vintage cams from the 1980s even though the video is ostensibly set in the modern day — a nice little detail. A couple of them are really interesting pieces as well!
Check out a vintage 1982 Polaroid SLR 680 wielded by Helena Christensen. The 680 was basically a version of the legendary SX-70 that took the newer 600-type film. That would be nice to have these days, since 600 is easier to come by.
Shake it like a Polaroid picture!
An endangered Polaroid film pack opened, now there’s one less left in the world!
Of course your basic token Minolta light meter.
A tasty and gratuitous shot of Cindy Crawford reflected in a fast lens. Note the chipped paint along the edges. That means vintage
“Girl Panic” has some flashbacks to the classic “Girls on Film” video from 1981 where a proper Hasselblad makes a cameo.
Hey, is this Tri-X?? Has to be.
I love this shot of Duran Duran as paparazzi. Nick Rhodes is perfect. I want it poster sized!
Also, you’ll notice a Canon EF lens with a green ring that you don’t see too often — or at least I don’t. The green ring signifies “diffractive optics” (DO) which is a special glass that cuts down on chromatic aberration. It looks even better with a random supermodel handling it.
This chick is not messing around with an extreme telephoto!
This one really made me sit up: An Olympus O-Product point-and-shoot from 1988! It shows up for less than a second in the video. Only 20,000 of these beauties were made. Somebody with a cool collection worked props for this video!
Here’s the whole thing. Also, notice how many camera clicks and motor drive sounds you hear throughout the whole thing. (Tons)previous post: Clean Sweep next post: Three Bridges to Nowhere
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