Film cameras make a comeback
Digital single-lens reflex cameras have been gaining in popularity. They are easy to use, affordable and offer more options for lenses that capture a high quality image.
But film cameras can still outshine their digital kin.
Park Soon uses a Rollei 35, a camera first produced in 1967.
“Time is etched on the camera,” Park said. “When you use the Rollei or Leica series for a long time, the gild comes off, which naturally creates a brass color.”
The people who prefer film cameras vary from the younger generations to those in their 40s and 50s. They share one thing in common: They want to record moments in life.
It’s true that times are changing and camera makers have moved quickly to the digital format. From a technical perspective, classic cameras require skill and knowledge to get the most of the complicated equipment; they also have a heavy body.
But Kang Seung-chul, the brains behind leicaboy.com, calls it “inconvenient happiness. It [the classic camera] creates art.”
What Song likes is the firm grip for holding the camera. His heart skips a beat when he presses the shutter, he said. “Compared to other cameras, classic cameras capture clearer and sharper details,” said Jeon Jae-yong, the head of the Hassel Club. “They give a three-dimensional effect on the printed picture ? the overall contrabass is high.”
“Obviously digital photography is all the rage right now,” Jeon said. “But to amateurs and photographers who still pursue pure photography, classic film cameras are much more charming.”
By Lee Jung-kwon, Lee Hyun-taek JoongAng Ilbo [email@example.com]
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