My 50 year old camera has a bigger, higher resolution screen than your fancy new digi-cam :-P

My 50 year old camera has a bigger, higher resolution screen than your fancy new digi-cam :-P

Twin lens reflex cameras like my Mamiyaflex and Yashica MAT are almost magical to use. The upper lens gathers an image which is reflected off of a mirror onto a ground glass screen which is about the same size as the 6cm x 6cm negative this camera produces. The screen is larger and higher resolution than any digital camera … and it uses no batteries! I show people my 50 year old camera and they think it is digital sometimes.

Sadly, most people these days have never had an opportunity to handle a camera like this and this design has faded away in favor of SLRs that you hold in front of your face.

This photo is not edited at all. What you are seeing is the actual screen of the camera which was aimed at a bridge and hills on a sunny day. The position that I was standing in was shaded from the sunshine.

I was shooting infrared film that comes with no printed ISO rating and was all guesswork and I overexposed the shot you see here by a good bit. I might post it later, although it’s not one of my better photos.

 Here is a previous post showing photos of this awesome camera.

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