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Guess the Device: More vintage camera beauty

by Brandon Russell | March 14, 2015March 14, 2015 1:00 pm EST

There was a time in my life when all I cared about was photography, but instead of throwing down money on an expensive digital camera, I chose to make film my primary. I loved film—the quality, even the process of developing—which means I had a pretty respectable collection, mostly thanks to family members passing down their old unused stuff. You already saw one of them.

If you’ve been following our videos and Instagram closely, you already know what camera this is. But even still, it’s nice to admire such an older gadget, the quality of its design and durability of its build. With some TLC, this camera would make for an excellent daily driver, though it’s just not quite as convenient as a smartphone or digital camera.

Film photography is certainly a dying art, and very under-appreciated even today. With film, you have to be smarter with how you compose your photos, the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, framing, everything. And because you only have a finite amount of shots in a roll, you have to be selective of what you shoot. The software doesn’t do any work for you, making every image incredibly important.

Imagine what the life of a photographer would have been like 50 or 60 years ago. Now every smartphone user has the tools to share powerful images. These days film photography is merely an expensive hobby of mine, but infinitely more satisfying because of the process involved. Something I hope continues to endure years and years into the future.

The most recent device in the Guess the Phone series was the Polaroid SX-70.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.