The eyes of curious photographers who visited the Pixel Photo and Video Expo marveled at the pavilion displaying vintage cameras and accessories taking them back in time.
Over 300 vintage camera accessories from different brands like Yashica, Fuji, Konica, Lubitel and Raven, and even early models from Canon and Nikon were showcased in the section.
“The oldest camera featured is from the 1910s – Kodak’s Brownie – while many vintage cameras are still in working order, maintained with pure love for photography,” said Madurai District Executive Committee Member V Shankar Tiny and Small-Scale Industries Association. (MADITSIA).
Half of the exhibits were used by the President of MADITSSIA, S. Bharathi, while the other half came from his collection of antiquities, he added.
The cheapest camera purchased in 1978 displayed was the Yashica Electro 35 at a cost of ₹1,500 – people’s favorite camera at the time, while the Mamiya RB-67 medium format camera with a swivel back was priced at ₹1.75 lakh in 1991 was also featured.
The pavilion was dotted with interesting equipment related to the camera of the bygone era, such as the brand’s dual-lens cameras, Aires Reflex from the 1950s and 1960s, a camera used by a spy during World War II world, daylight development tanks that eluded use. darkrooms, direct transparency projector from 1970, etc.
“This is the first time I have witnessed such a large collection of vintage cameras. They are extremely fascinating and make me want to explore photography more,” said AR Venkatesh from Madurai.
A variety of one of the first high-end cameras made by the Hasselblad brand from the 1970s was on display and belonged to Dhanapal, a photography expert and organizing member. “Hasselblad was the first camera to be taken to the moon that documented the iconic journey,” he added.
Mr Shankaran, fleshing out an interesting fact about Polaroid cameras, said that they were marketed to the family, especially newlywed couples in tourist spots which were a big hit for the “tag of instant photographs “. The tourist spots were packed with photographers carrying Polaroids banging cash at ₹20 per photo, he added.
It was also primarily used by lens professionals to click sample images for instant results during large-scale industrial shoots, he added.
Large-format Mamiya interchangeable lens, rangefinders by Richos, flashes by Metz and Klik that came with a 1970s power bank, nickel-cadmium battery charger with a size of 9 inches × 5 inches, video recording tape 8 mm, rolls of film which cost around ₹30 at the time, 35mm cameras from Pentax, Vivitar and Minolta were some on-screen gems.
R. Krishna, 25, who has an interest in antiquities, couldn’t get enough of the pavilion and continued to capture close-up videos of the objects on his phone for several minutes and he was not alone in considering them on the site – IDA Scudder Convention Center.