We have a bunch of cameras that date well back into the last century and they used this medium called film to capture photos.
The film had to be processed into prints which required a trip to the drug store or Walmart; once to drop off the film, and later to pick up the prints.
Doesn’t that sound quaint?
Those were the days and if you’re a true photography buff with a few film cameras that haven’t been used since the last century, you’ll appreciate Marc Rochkind’s Classic Cameras app for the Mac.
A few bucks gets you over 500 high resolution, closeup photos of all the great classic cameras, including vintage advertisements, camera reviews and articles, and even some original brochures for cameras dating from 1905 to 1985.
Here’s a quick look at some of the camera photos.
And, a few sample articles from Popular Photography back in the day.
High resolution images give you insight into how photography was done back in the days of gears and knobs.
If you’ve never shot a roll of film in your life, then Classic Cameras might bore you to tears.
But if you come from the camera generation that had to worry about shutter speed and f-stop and film speed, then it’s likely that Classic Cameras has a few cameras you once used.
This is nicely done and costs just a few dollars and gets updated with more cameras regularly.
What kinds of cameras?
Cameras include the Argus A, which made 35mm film a success; the Contax S, the first SLR with a pentaprism; the Topcon RE Super, the first SLR with through-the-lens metering; and many other firsts. Also included are favorites: Leica M3, Nikon F, Contarex Bullseye, Olympus Pen and Pen F, Leicaflex, Pentax Spotmatic, Olympus OM-1, Minolta Maxxum 7000, and many more.
There’s a gallery for each camera in the collection, complete with full-screen photos, and even an option or order a print within the app.