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Camera designs that fell short of the mark

Create: 12/13/2015 - 20:46
Bolsey C-22

A great deal of effort goes into a camera's design and functionality, but at times the final product misses the target.

The selection of these cameras, as well as the comments, is subjective, and certainly a few of these will rub people the wrong way.

These are some designs that didn't work visually or ergonomically, although many of them produce outstanding photos.

PhotoPlus Expo 2015

Create: 11/03/2015 - 17:12
PhotoExpo Plus 2015

PhotoPlus Expo is the biggest annual photographic event in the U.S., bringing together a large number of exhibitors.

If you are interested in a particular camera or lens, you will find it here. Even if you aren't buying, it's a great way to spend several hours.

To fully appreciate it, you'll need all of that time, mostly because of the sheer number of exhibitors.

I think this year's expo was larger than last year and certainly larger than the 2013 show.

Digital photography – evolution, not revolution

Panasonic Lumix G1

The seeds of digital photography were planted when electronics first appeared in cameras.

Digital sensors were an evolution in camera technology and not the revolution that many argue.

In the mid-1930s, the first hint of what was to be arrived when Zeiss Ikon fitted its 35mm Contflex twin-lens reflex camera with a selenium meter.

Kodak took it one step further with the Kodak Super Six 20 by adding automatic exposure. By the early 1960s, trap needle autoexposure was common.

A walk through time

Joseph Nicephore Niepce photo

When Frenchman Joseph Nicephore Niepce captured and processed the first photograph from his window in 1826, he had no way of knowing that he set into motion what would become a worldwide movement that continues to this day.

Up until that moment, the closest thing to a photograph was a drawing produced by an apparatus known as the camera obscura, which was a box with a lens on one end that projected an image onto a piece of paper on the other end, sometimes using a mirror to reflect the image upward. The owner could then trace what he or she saw.

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