Types of Photographic Film Cameras

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Photographic cameras have come a long way. Some are out of fashion, while some are still in use today. Here are some types of photographic cameras.

Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras

These cameras allow a photographer to look straight through the lens and see a near-exact approximation of what the image will look like once it is captured. They also allow a photographer to swap lenses to exert greater control over shots.

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Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Cameras

These cameras have double objective lenses of identical focal lengths. TLR cameras can continuously display the scene a photographer is trying to shoot on the viewfinder screen.

Rangefinder Cameras

A rangefinder camera calculates distance through triangulation for accurate focusing. To view the scene before taking a shot, the photographer has to look through a small window on the upper right side

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Point-and-Shoot Cameras

These are “disposable” cameras that can only be used once. They cannot be reloaded with a new roll of film and requires the user to just point and shoot. The camera controls focus and exposure settings automatically. It also has a fixed focal length lens, so no zooming in or out.

Instant Cameras

Instant cameras are point-and-shoot cameras that print images instantaneously on self-developing film.

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Stereo Cameras

Stereo cameras are used to reproduce human binocular vision and shoot images with 3D effects. It has multiple lenses with their respective image sensors or film frames. They can be used for range imaging and the creation of stereoviews and 3D pictures for movies.

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Panoramic Cameras

The first successful model, the Megaskop, was created by German-born photographer Friedrich von Martens in the mid-nineteenth century. Panoramic cameras produce large, highly detailed images by fully utilising the entire film frame.

There have been so many models of photographic cameras in history, with some no longer in use. In this article, we examined some of the more professional ones still in use. Contact us for more information.

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