These days cameras are all looking… very vintage!

I lost my beloved Panasonic Girlfriend 1 (GF1) on a plane on the way back to SG from Seoul….. till date, no one has handed it in…

Hence, I’ve been shopping around for a replacement and can’t help but notice a huge trend of the new cool = the vintage deal!  The statement of owning a camera can be so much fun with personalisation of the colour, the half cases available and the straps. Of course, the body of the camera must also be looking cool and vintage. With this, I had a quick history tour of the classic film cameras –  I still remember those!

“So why would anyone in this day and age still be hankering after hardware evolved from an analogue design philosophy more than 100 years old, which inevitably, because of its specification, adds another few hundred grams of weight to the gadget bag? The question is rhetorical, for in the process of pushing the envelope in one direction, the irony is that digital technology has simultaneously taken the capability of analogue photography in another to the next logical quality level – the one many of us once spent endless hours in a darkroom trying to achieve without much success.”

[2010, British Journal of Photography]

I conclude, a lot of people still LOVE the art of photography, the craftmanship of the vintage cameras – albeit, no longer love of the post processing film development. Instead – instant gratification in digital format is what we love……

For those of you who’d like a leather strap and live in SG – you can visit Andy’s store. Those lucky enough to get hold of the leather Roberu ones – please get me one too!

Film Cameras have 3 main groups
Box Folding-Roll View Finder
Exactly as it’s described. Looks like a simple box.Was very popular because affordable and simple, yet still capable of excellent results under most conditions. Box cameras were usually fitted with a single-element lens, a limited range opening control, and a single-speed shutter. These are the ones where the lens can pop out like a jack in a box!Folding-Roll Film Camera, which was also very popular but not quite as much so as the box camera. The folding camera came in several types of formats, but basically, it was a box camera whose lens was included into a movable disk that could slide back and forth on a rail, allowing the lens to change focus from close to long range.
The fact that the lens can fold made it appealing and easy to carry – for those who love to travel like me!
Such cameras do not use the lens to focus on subject, instead its via a separate viewing system in the camera.The range finder camera allows for accurate focus, however, by using two views of the same subject to adjust focus. In this camera there are two images in the viewfinder. One is usually only a portion of the viewer area and is usually slightly yellowish in color. The photographer adjusts the focus ring on the lens and as they do the two images move. When both on directly on top of each other they blend together and almost disappear which signifies that the camera is in focus.
This is the one that’s the Leica rave 🙂


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