Back to Basics


With the current market being flooded with new cameras in anticipation of Photokina 2008,
why not take a moment to remember a few old school cameras.

On the left, we have the Polaroid, which was invented by Edwin Land and first sold to the public in November, 1948. Sixty years later, Polaroid has discontinued it's film products.

In the center, is the Brownie Junior. The original Brownie was released in 1900, and sold for $1.

Last, is the Agfa Billy Record released in 1933 in Munich Germany. It's shutter speed range was 1/25 - 1/100 sec.

The history behind all of these cameras is remarkable. Without them, photography would likely not have become what it is today. It's funny, despite all the bells and whistles of today's new cameras, I won't think twice about selling my old DSLRs after each upgrade. Yet, I will always keep a space clear for these three vintage cameras regardless of their limitations.