Through a lens





With going crazy about photography since a year. I was keen in knowing which all cameras have been used in the past. Here I jotted down some Iconic cameras that captured our world long before we started instagraming.



{Sketch by Lauren Taylor…if you love it go to her Etsy Shop to buy one}

Brownie -1900

Camera by Eastman Kodak, the Brownie introduced the concept of the ‘snapshot’. The first Brownie was a cardboard box camera with a simple meniscus lens that took 2 1/4 inch square pictures on 117 rollfilm. Priced at 1$, it was marketed as a camera that anyone could afford. They were sold with the slogan “you push the button, we do the rest”


Graflex Speed Graphic Cameras -1912

This camera has three viewfinders. Nothing is automated in this camera.

If one does not pay attention then there is danger of double exposures, shoot blanks or shoot out- of- focus images.

Graflex speed graphic

Rolleiflex -1929

The most revered of all the TLR (twin-lens reflex)cameras. The bottom lens takes the picture, while the top lens feeds a viewing screen on top, the image is shown back to front, which makes shooting a moving subject a challenge.


Zeiss Ikon Contax II -1936

It was the first camera with a rangefinder and viewfinder combined in a single window. The Contax became the ‘first choice’ among the professional community.


Leica M3 -1954

The M3 introduced several features to the Leica, among them the combination of viewfinder and rangefinder in one bright window, like on the Contax II, and a bayonet lens mount. It was the most successful model of the M series, with over 220,000 units sold by the time production of the M3 model ended in 1966.


 Classic Hasselblad 503CW -1957

Victor Hasselblad wanted to develop a small camera with fast lenses and shutters, with a larger film format than the Leeica. The camera came with a Zeiss lens up front, a replaceable film back, and a waist level viewfinder that let photographers peer down and see a little square image of any picture they were considering. The 503CW was popular because it allowed one to take pictures without losing eye contact.

The most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo Program missions when man first landed on the moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used modified Hasselblad cameras.


Diana -1960

The Diana and its plastic lens are symonymous with Lomographic art. The camera was made in Hong Kong through out the 60’s and 70’s.

the Diana has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionitic photographs using contemporary themes and concepts, known as lomography.


Polaroid  The Reporter -1977

The Reporter is a Polaroid self erecting folding camera for type 80 or 100 instant film. There is a tripod bush and a threaded socket for a cable release for use in low light. The camera has a socket for flash cubes on the left, and a diffuser which swivels up in front of the cube when the camera is opened.



If you have more information about more cameras pls share, i will be excited to learn more.

{More sketches by Lauren Taylor}






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2 responses to “Through a lens

  1. yeah….isnt it intriguing!!!

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