film camera

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film camera

A camera that exposes photographic film to light in order to take a picture. Used since the late 1800s, the film is a chemical emulsion on a plastic substrate that is sensitive to light. When exposed, an analogous image of the scene is created within the chemical layer of the material; thus, film cameras are analog cameras (see analog).

Film-based still cameras have been made for a variety of film types including 35mm, Advantix, 120, 220 and the larger 4x5 and 8x10 formats. Film movie cameras capture consecutive images (frames) on 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film. Contrast with digital camera. See cine.


Analog and Digital
Canon's popular analog Elph (bottom) used Advantix film. The digital Elph (top) added the huge advantage of instant playback. See Advanced Photo System.







Now in Flea Markets
Analog film cameras are commonly found in flea markets where this was taken. At the top are single lens reflex cameras with interchangeable lenses.







Model 3 Brownie Box Camera (1919)
Eastman Kodak sold millions of roll film Brownies from 1900 to the early 1960s. The manual advised "holding your breath" to take the picture. After pressing "flash paper" onto the lighting tray (top right), it burst into flames when a lit match was placed near the hole in the back.
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I acquired his box brownie camera and used it to take many photos to make a record of what we were doing.
Maganbhai Patel - better known as Masterji - moved from Surat in India to Coventry in 1951 with little more than a box brownie camera.
Simple pleasures but memories forever of a childhood spent outdoors and recorded on mam's Brownie camera.
lovely snap has been submitted by Agnes Clinton Mullen), who says: "I took photograph in 1956 with my Brownie camera in Grant where we all lived.
He usually had an old-fashioned Box Brownie camera slung round his neck.
Key pieces in the museum's massive collection include the full-plate daguerreotype camera, the first camera manufactured in quantity; the hand-held Kodak camera, the first successful camera to use roll film; the Edison Kinetoscope, the first motion picture device to use flexible film; the Brownie camera, which brought photography to the general public; and the Lunar Orbiter Payload camera, which photographed potential landing sites for Apollo missions.
His daughter took out a picture of the corporal - taken on Alf's Kodak Brownie camera - and discovered Bill had written his address on the back.
At the same time Malfatti and Amaral were exploring European modernist painting, a teenage Eva Besnyo was looking through the lens of a Brownie camera in her native Hungary, developing a modernist eye.
Canada was welcoming and tolerant, and Uncle Nakash, a photographer, gave his nephew a present of a Kodak Brownie camera.
When he was 11 and about to leave for summer camp, his mother gave him a Kodak Brownie camera to record his experiences.
Day of the Cyclone features a spunky heroine who receives an Eastman Kodak Brownie camera for her thirteenth birthday.