Have you ever wondered how on earth old film cameras added the date onto photos? I know I was always curious about this as a kid. Well, Ben Krasnow of Applied Science has the answer to our question. In the latest teardown, he disassembles an old camera from 1990 to show us how it superimposes the date onto photos.
If there’s such a thing as ASMR video for photographers, this must be it. Photographer Scott Graham has filmed “a video no one asked for,” yet it’s still amusing and very satisfying to watch. In about three minutes, he shares with you shutter sounds of 37 different cameras, mostly old film and digital models.
If you only shoot digital, you may want to learn something new and try film photography for the first time. While it’s exciting (and nowadays kinda exotic) to shoot film, you might find it difficult to choose your first film camera. To make the decision easier and help you do it right, Casey Cavanaugh will show you the five most important things you should look for before you buy a film camera.
There have been plenty of analog-digital blends in the market. From I’m Back digital back for SLR cameras, to Yashica Y35 with faux film roll, which raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Now there’s another Kickstarter campaign promising to breathe a new life into your old analog camera. Check out Film35, the latest invention that turns your film camera into a digital one and even gives it a “vintage feel.”
From vintage golden rings to lifelike animals, hidden cameras come in many interesting shapes, sizes and purposes. But in a recently sold collection of Russian spy cameras at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, one of them caught my eye. It’s a spy camera disguised as – a camera. Sometimes works best to hide things in the most obvious places, and this is a perfect example.
As film photography seems to be making a comeback, you may want to try it yourself. If you’ve never shot film before, choosing the right camera can be a confusing and intimidating process. But worry not: Jay P. Morgan and Kenneth Merrill will help you. In the latest video from The Slanted Lens, they discuss some of their favorite film cameras and why you should get them. If you’re still trying to decide which film camera is right for you, this video will help you pick.
It seems that this year is the time for comebacks of the legends. Judging from the latest YouTube video and a website launch, it seems that Yashica is about to make a comeback, too. The legendary Japanese camera brand hasn’t been around for a while, but looks like we can expect a comeback after all.
Since I have been running this site and doing this job I have watched as the prices for compact cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reserved for collectible cameras. I do feel partly responsible for this as the site helped to popularise these cameras and bring them to new audiences.
But this was also inevitable. These cameras are getting expensive not just because they are more popular, but also because there are fewer and fewer or them available now. Even the younger compact cameras (apart from the Fuji Klasse) are over 10 years old now and they are reaching their performance limits. Basically the cameras are dying and there is nobody that can rescue them.
Sometimes, the stories behind why we may own a certain piece of kit can be more interesting than the item itself. This short film from Andrea Casanova of Branco Ottico embodies that idea. Called “The Camera Collector”, the mysterious narrator recounts his tales of gear acquisition over the past half century. The beating his father gave him after purchasing a Leica, and his determined response to make a living from photography.
He doesn’t collect just kit, though, but all kinds of photographic history. It really is a fascinating look at how we perceive things. What makes something special to us. Is it the item that’s special? Or the story behind it? The unknown collector does finally make peace with his father, in the end, too. The video is in Italian, but has English subtitles.
I remember the first time I picked up a digital camera. It was 2003 and I got this little Canon G5, a good point-and-shoot, and it was 5MP.
Before that, I used film. It had to be scanned into a computer, then manipulated digitally. That was alright—but when I picked up this Canon, I thought it was amazing. It’s instant feedback. You see exactly what you’re going to get. You adjust your lighting as you go, you’re thinking on your feet.
What you can learn on digital in one year is probably five to ten times what you can learn on film in the same time. Film is a very slow feedback loop.