My Love For Vintage Cameras

Camera – A tool through which you take pictures. That’s a simple way to say the definition of it. But that’s not all. It’s a tool or to be more precise, a device by which you capture beautiful memories and these memories can be of anything, like a newborn baby just after birth, a father teaching his child how to ride a bike or your dearest pet which is not with you anymore. That’s the device a camera is – small, tough, lightweight but it can capture all your beautiful memories with the click of a button. That’s what makes it special. I bet whenever you see a photo of your childhood that your dad or mum took, you walk down your memory lane into nostalgia and remember everything that is there in that picture. Isn’t that amazing what an amazing feeling a camera can give you.

By vintage camera I mean all the cameras there were before the age of modernization when all the cameras need to be operated manually. What I love about vintage cameras was the hard work in inserting the film, loading it, rotating it every time after clicking a picture, then processing those images in a dark room where a single ray of light can destroy your image. That’s was the real fun in shooting with film cameras. Modern day cameras are pretty easy to use, just click a button and you have a picture with you. Not loading of film, no rotating, no developing. That’s just cliché.

When I was just scrolling OLX’s app for any vintage camera near my locality, I found this amazing silver Soviet beast- Kiev-19 with a beautiful Helios 18H 50mm f/2 lens. That’s when my love for vintage camera arouse and I instantly fell in with it. I met the seller twice or thrice but I never bought it even though I was getting it for only $8. That’s cheap right. But the camera wasn’t working and I wouldn’t want a vintage to just sit in my cupboard without me using it. From that day onwards, I started researching about vintage cameras and their different types. There were many types of cameras. Every single one of ’em was different in their own way. The more I researched, the more I fell in love with them. And THIS LOVE WILL NEVER END.

There are many different types of camera. The main 8 are listed below:

Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) Camera

Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Cameras

Instant Cameras

Folding Cameras

Box Cameras

Rangefinder Cameras


Stereo Cameras

I also have a vintage camera that I got from my father. It’s a plastic camera but still a vintage camera and an important part of our family because it was the same camera that my father used while taking our pictures back in my childhood. So let me call upon the beast * fast drumming* – Premier PC 500. Most amazing thing is that it doesn’t even have a single scratch or any spot of fungus. I thank my parents for keeping it for more than 15 years safely.

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