Canon A1

HISTORY In the second half of the ’70s we saw expansion of the electronics integrated in the cameras, played with perhaps too early by some companies but not by Canon, which at the right time presents the new series camera “A” in which, in fact, the electronics, in the form of controls and exposure programs, is the key element. The Canon A1 represents the flagship model in terms of technical characteristics of this new series and was commercialized in 1978,…

Kodak Disc Format

Historical Background In the wake of the success of the simplified loading systems ( 126 Instamatic and 110 Pocket ), Kodak wanted to continue the development of simple systems and miniaturized proposing, in 1982 The new system Disc. This new system is proposed as a successor in particular to the 110 and tried to improve the salient elements with a new type of failure-proof loading cartridge and producing miniaturized negative. After a promising start with large sales volumes  the Disc…

Miniature Photography – Part II

Following the first notes on miniature photography in which we had a look at the film formats, we shall now proceed to make a quick trip on the main cameras available on the market at the time; several of these, in particular the Minolta 16, are still readily available in second-hand equipment market and can be used without any problems, except that of refilling the cartridge , even today. Minolta 16 The small Minolta 16 in its many variations is…

Miniature Photography – Part I

Reducing the size of the picture frame and subsequentially of the camera  is a requirement that has accompanied the evolution of photography from its beginnings up to digital era: the splitting of original deguerreotype sheet sizes (up to sixteenths), the improvement of field cameras up introduction of roll films, all of these steps were completed, according to the standards of their time, in the same direction. A format such as 4×5, which we now consider “Large”, was in early years…