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Chrome and leather

Plastic. EEW
Plastic. EEW

What is this? WHAT IS THIS? Yes, what you just saw in the pic above is an analog Canon amateur camera. The name is just not important, as Canon had different names for the same model in each continent, and sometimes they used completely different names for the same camera with some minor difference, like the color of the paint they used or the data back they mounted. These are just perks of global marketing, I guess.

But yes, this above is a Canon analog all-plastic SLR from the 90s. And want to know a secret? This is the camera which I have used most and most successfully during my days as an amateur photographer. It’s just so convenient: if you want, it’s auto everything (I normally shoot in aperture priority mode), it has a wind/rewind motor and you can even adapt M42 and Nikon lenses onto its EOS lens mount. The batteries last forever and the systems of the camera use it so wisely that you can even let it in ON position during months and it won’t deplete. Plus, it’s so small and light that you can take it everywhere without even noticing. The only down to it is that being all-plastic, you better be careful not to drop it on a hard floor or you will be picking up a broken camera; the hinged back is particularly prone to breaking: I’ve experimented this first hand. And hey, they can be bought nowadays for twenty bucks if you know where to buy (which is like one fifteenth of their price back in the day).

But no, before your dirty minds start lucubrating too much it’s not for sale at CSB: it’s just here for the sake of making my point. Oh, but of course you can go straight to my store and buy something. Something expensive I mean, because ladies like photographers who are hombre enough to waste a couple grand spend their money wise.

Back to the Canon toy, It is very convenient indeed, totally opposite to a pro camera. If you think about it, back when all cameras both pro and amateur alike, used some kind of film, the most sophisticated cameras were those for use by your auntie, not by Annie Leibovitz. Sure, the Mamiya RZ67 used really clever solutions, but it was nothing compared to the technology involved in guaranteeing that someone who would understand absolutely nothing about exposure got their pictures right. Yes, there were also sophisticated cameras for sports journalists and reporters, but most product and fashion photographers used cameras that were stone-age technology compared to the average auto-everything APS compact camera.

Yes, the 90s where the years of the SLRs and compacts for dummies. Finally even mandrills could get one in three pictures right. Who knows what technical wonders we would have witnessed in the field of making the exposure of silver emulsionated with animal bones easy to the dullest of apes hadn’t photography turned from this into illuminating pixels.

But yet… I just take my canon when I must nail something, mostly for work. The rest of the time, when I’m shooting for me and I know I can afford to botch some pictures, I normally use other cameras.There’s something more in analog photography besides getting well exposed black and white negatives. We, I mean you and me, are in this mess, analog photography I mean, for other reasons. And we have strange paraphiliae involving Leicas. No? Well, at least I do. For example, the camera I really hanker for costs like four grand and doesn’t even have a processor-controlled shutter: it’s as mechanic as a stapler.

Are we a bunch of idiots? I don’t know. Maybe we are. I think we are here for something more: for the sake of experimenting the simple beauty of machines in chrome and leather finish.

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