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History Makers: Pentax Spotmatic - TTL Metering...1963

History Makers: Pentax Spotmatic - TTL Metering...1963

With cameras from the 50s and the early 60s, you typically had to buy a separate light meter and attach it to the camera, if you wanted any help with exposing your images correctly. (If you don’t know what exposure is all about, have a read of this) With some cameras you could purchase clip on meters, but they were recording all ambient light, and not the light that was getting to the film through the lens. They were not therefore particularly accurate, and they were often cumbersome to use. A few cameras came with built in meters, but again...

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History Makers: Asahi Pentax - The Modern SLR is Born...1957

History Makers: Asahi Pentax - The Modern SLR is Born...1957

Like any technology the camera as we now it has changed many times during its life. It’s a process that continues, even amongst modern digital SLR cameras. For every feature, function and design point though there was a first time. Here we take a look at some of those important milestone cameras, the ones that made history, and the ones that continue to have a lasting impact on camera design in the 21st century. Asahi Pentax – The Modern SLR is Born…..1957 SLR cameras had been around since the 1930s. They all worked on the same basic premise; you viewed...

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Why We Love...Cameras from the Soviet Union

Why We Love...Cameras from the Soviet Union

Zenit, Kiev, Praktica, Zorki…..Unless you’re a vintage camera geek you won’t have heard these names before. No, it’s not the back four from that great Steaua Bucharest team from the 80s, but defunct camera brands that were based in the old Soviet Union back in the day. Whilst they don’t roll off the tongue as easily as Canon, Nikon, Fuji and the other “big boys” still around today, if you’re looking for a great starter camera to help you get into film, we’re going to tell you why you should consider some of these lesser known brands. But first, a...

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