history of 35mm photography is fascinating. Improvements
in a number of fields had to converge to produce
a compact "image box" that was capable
of recording pictures under all kinds of conditions.
Miniaturization, optics, light sensors, color
films, ... all these developments made it possible
for camera manufacturers to produce many models
that competed with one another for supremacy.
As soon as one model hit the market, another manufacturer
introduced an improved model. Soon, a number of
camera manufacturers stood out from the pack and
some of their cameras earned the respect, loyalty
-- and, sometimes love -- of photographers all
over the world. We will cover, in a serialized
fashion, some of these "famous" cameras
in this section as we find time.
this section, we present (very) brief histories
of the cameras that made an impact on 35mm photography.
In keeping with our stated goal of keeping material
brief and relevant, we present the histories with
a combination of words and pictures (keeping in
mind that in certain cases, 'a picture is worth
a thousand words.')
there is a camera manufacturer you think should
make the list, tell us