3 Vintage Cameras Responsible for Filters Used on Digitized Photos

Posted by Julie Morris on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

3 Vintage Cameras Responsible for Filters Used on Digitized PhotosEver wonder where those cool filters used on digitized photos nowadays came from? As it often happens, they’re inspired from widely popular vintage cameras that were around between the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Filters used on many apps, social networking sites, and photographers are largely inspired by the look of some vintage film cameras.

3 Vintage Cameras Responsible for Filters Used on Digitized Photos

The Polaroid SX-70

An instant film SLR manufactured by Polaroid between 1972 and 1981, it had a folding SLR powered by battery film packs. It also had a built-in battery, powering the camera, its motors and helped with exposure control.

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Shooting up to five instant pictures in about ten seconds, it was one of the fastest cameras of that period. Its gelatin emulsion base film allowed users to manipulate photos once developed. Since it stays soft for up to 15 minutes, users are given time to add different effects to original images. As a single lens reflex camera, it gave users complete creative control as it could be used with automatic features or fully manual. 

The Holga

This plastic bodied, fully-manual camera using 120 film afforded many different creative abilities. Holga users can make double exposures and vignettes.

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They had many different colored filters to use over the 60mm plastic lens they came equipped with, which had an aperture switch of f/11 or 4/8, and only a shutter speed of 1/100th.  The result is that you get what you shoot. They’re also fun to use because surprises are guaranteed after developing. 

The Yashica Mat 124

This camera was a Japanese twin lens reflex (TLR’s) camera produced from 1968-1971. This medium format film followed that of the Holga. The Yashica Mat 124 used two lenses - 80mm in focal length with an aperture of f3.5. One was used for taking photos, while the other was used as a viewfinder.

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With a knob or crank on the side used for film advance, it took 120 or 220 film. Equipped with a built-in, light-needled light meter, it was perfect for portraits, snapshots, and fast moving objects at eye level.

One of the most popular photo sharing social apps, Instagram, allows its 150 million users to share, edit, and upload photos and videos - using the very filters inspired by the cameras mentioned above. Like Facebook, users can ‘like’ and comment on other users’ photos and videos, tag others they’re following, and choose who’s allowed to view their photos or videos.

With its own editing features, the filters available to users include:

  • "Nashville" (Yashica Mat 124)

  • "Lomo-Fi/Lo-Fi" and "Gotham" (Holga)

  • "Earlybird," "Hefe," "Brannan," and "Walden" (Polaroid SX-70)

Of course, filters mean nothing if you don’t have your digitized photos! Make sure you’ve protected your photos by creating digital copies.

What is your favorite filter to use for your digitized photos?

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Source: Digital Trends

Topics: digitized photos, digitize photos

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