The 10 most iconic cameras of all time

Pentax film camera

A camera is an optical instrument used for photography that utilizes the principle of optical imaging to form an image and uses a negative to record the image. There are many varieties of cameras, do you know what are the most classic cameras? Which are the most popular cameras? In this article, we have compiled the top ten most classic cameras of all time, there are Leica M3, Nikon FM2, Contax G2, Konica C35AF, Hasselblad 503CW, Polaroid SX-70, Olympus OM-1, Nikon FM3a, and so on, let’s take a look at these classic cameras!

1. Leica M3 was born in 1954 Leica an epoch-making 135 camera, Leica M3 appeared to establish the unshakeable position of Leica in the continuous rangefinder camera.M3 beyond the original Leica screw-port camera design, become more perfect, more sophisticated, in all aspects of the mechanical and optical performance have been significantly improved. The development of Leica cameras shows the historical trajectory of the world’s camera development. At the same time, many photographers have used Leica cameras to record countless important moments and ordinary lives in human life. Therefore, the invention of the Leica camera not only promotes the development of the history of human photography, but also makes a great contribution to promoting the development of human society.

Leica M3 Camera

2. The Nikon FM2 camera is currently the only fully mechanical camera in NIKON’s 35mm lineup with the longest sales period, and is a milestone in NIKON’s manual camera production. It is an improved version of the FM model introduced by Nikon in 1977 and launched in 1982. Its excellent workmanship, high reliability, extremely low failure rate, temperature resistance, shock resistance and other advantages make this camera a classic camera that professional and advanced amateur photographers in general would like to own.

Nikon FM2 camera

Polaroid SX-70 is a pocket-sized instant imaging camera launched by Polaroid in 1972, which is the world’s first camera that can directly “spit out self-printing photos”, and then became popular all over the world, with a total of 6 million units sold by the mid-70s, the SX-70 created a revolution in automatic spitting. The SX-70 revolutionized automatic spitting. This camera is automatic, motor-driven, foldable, single-lens reflex, etc., the film can be self-development and self-control time. In the United States in the 70s and 80s, owning an SX-70 camera became a fashionable symbol.

Polaroid SX-70

4. The Contax G2 is a milestone in rangefinder cameras, a successor to the world’s first autofocus interchangeable lens rangefinder camera, the G1, which was launched in 1994 after Zeiss and Kyocera collaborated to resurrect the Contax brand in Japan. As an autofocus side-by-side camera, the Contax G2 offers obvious advantages in terms of ease of use and convenience, with autofocus, 4Fps auto-roll, 1/6000 second shutter, multiple exposures, bracketing, exposure compensation, TTL flash/metering, and much more all housed in a rugged titanium body.


5. The Hasselblad 503CW is a premium medium format camera, the Hasselblad 503cw is compact and rugged in design. In terms of its size and weight, it is relatively small for a camera of its size, with the standard configuration (body + A12 back + CF80mmF2.8 lens) weighing even less than some 35mm SLR cameras. Together with the high-quality lenses produced for it by the German Zeiss company, the Hasselblad 503cw has won the trust of many professional photographers and photography enthusiasts.

Hasselblad 503CW

6. The Konica C35AF is the first practical AF 135 conventional camera to utilize Honeywell’s AF element, which is a first-generation passive AF technology, and is the world’s first camera with autofocus capability. The sensor compares the contrast between the two images and changes the position of one of the mirrors. When the contrast between the two images is exactly the same, the integrated circuit in the AF unit can manipulate the camera to focus, thus realizing autofocus. From this point on, the era of autofocus for SLR cameras began.

Konica C35AF

7. Olympus OM-1 adopts the design of the pentaprism deep into the mirror box, so the body is very compact, and the viewfinder is very bright, the range of view up to 97%, coupled with the use of the air shock absorber, so that the vibration of the shutter release and the sound is greatly reduced, but also has a mirror pre-lift and other features. The excellent performance of the OM-1 in that year was very popular, but also prompted other camera manufacturers to speed up the pace of development of compact 135 SLR cameras. OM-1 later in 1973 after the addition of motor-driven features called OM-1 MD, 1979 and upgraded to OM-1N to 1987 discontinued, a total of nearly 15 years of production, which can be seen in the degree of its popularity.

Olympus OM-1

8. The Nikon FM3a continues many of the FM2’s strengths, including a sturdy metal body, simple and effective center-focused average metering, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000s, and a flash sync speed of 1/250s. At the same time, the FM3A is equipped with the world’s first hybrid shutter that works properly at full range without batteries at all (the Canon New F1, Nikon F3, and Pentax LX all have similar features, but all are somewhat limited). Additional features added to the FM3A include an aperture-priority auto exposure mode, TTL flash control, DX-code auto-recognition, and a new, brighter framing and focusing screen, to name a few.

 Nikon FM3a

9. The Canon AE-1 is a 35mm focal plane shutter SLR camera with an April 1976 launch date. Consisting of 5 primary and 25 secondary elements, it was centrally controlled by a microcomputer. At the time of the introduction of the AE-1, TTL manual metering cameras (including the Canon FTb and Canon FTb-N) were still the dominant force in the 35mm SLR camera market. Auto exposure cameras still lead the DSLR market. The AE-1 is a Canon classic, and if there is a choice of the top 10 Canon cameras that must be collected, it must be in the top three. Its classic status is unquestionable.

Canon AE-1

10. Rollei is 1929 Germany Rollei launched a 6 × 6cm medium format double lens reflex camera, viewfinder and imaging were used two lenses, from the birth of the world popular for decades with its peculiar style. So far there have been more than seventy years of history.Rolleiflex 2.8FX compared with its predecessor, the elimination of some irrelevant features, the lens coating with Rollei’s signature technology Rollei HFT coating, in terms of color and anti-glare has been greatly improved.

Rollei launched a 6 × 6cm medium format double lens reflex camera




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