Episode 70: The Best of the 1970s

Is it a coincidence or did we plan it all along?  Episode 70 of the Camerosity Podcast is all about the 70s!  In this episode, the gang does our best to fit the best, the worst, and other noteworthy camera and photographic advancements of an entire decade into a 104 minute podcast!

Joining Anthony, Paul, Theo, and Mike on this episode are returning callers Daniel Belmes, Jordan Berube, Patrick Casey, Tim Peters, and first time callers Gheerwijn Clicque and Will Pinkham.

We start off this episode dedicated to the 1970s, discussing a camera from…the 1960s!  As we often do, the show gets off topic quickly and we end up discussing the merits of the Canon Pellix and pellicle mirrors, but we get back on track with other Canon SLRs like the Canon AE-1 and A-1.

We discuss the beginning of the auto focus era, and cover the first ever auto focus SLR.  In addition, the topic of everyone’s favorite 1970s film, Pocket Instamatic Type 110 is discussed, why it was invented, notable cameras that used it, and some tips and tricks to home developing and scanning your own 110 film.

We declare the two companies who we think were the most and least innovative camera makers of the 1970s.  Can you guess who they are?  I’ll give you a hint, one of them rhymes with “Schmoloroid”!

Realizing that we made it more than halfway through the show without discussing too many cameras, we did a lightning round asking everyone to share their favorite, least favorite, and at least one noteworthy camera from the 1970s.  Be sure to listen to the show and see if your 1970s camera was mentioned.

As always, the topics we discuss on the Camerosity Podcast are influenced by you! Please don’t feel like you have to be an expert on a specific type of camera, or have the level of knowledge on par with other people on the show. We LOVE people who are into shooting or collecting cameras, no matter how long you’ve been doing it, so please don’t consider your knowledge level to be a prerequisite for joining!

For the next episode, we are taking a break from our regular two week recording cadence as both Paul and Theo have some vacations coming up.  We will definitely return soon for Episode 71, but as of right now, we do not have a date or a topic set.  As mentioned in this episode, we teased an upcoming Zeiss-Ikon episode, but so far, that’s still to be determined…

The guys and I rarely know where each episode is going to go until it happens, so if you’d like to join us on a future episode, be sure to look out for our show announcements on our Camerosity Podcast Facebook page, the Camerosity Discord server, and right here on mikeeckman.com. We usually record every other Monday and announcements, along with the Zoom link are typically shared 2-3 days in advance.

In This Episode

  • Camera Collectors vs Camera Photographers / What Do People Like to Collect?
  • Canon Aspherical 35mm f/2 Lens / De-Yellowing Lenses Using UV Lights
  • Two of the Most Reliable and Under Appreciated Canon SLRs of the 70s are the TLb and FTb
  • Canon Pellix and the Virtues of Pellicle Mirrors / Canon and Nikon Both Made Other SLRs with Pellicle Mirrors
  • Anthony Was in His Prime in the 70s / Shooting Concerts / Anthony and Ken Rockwell Love the Olympus RC / Other Olympus Rangefinders
  • The Canon A-1 is Great When They Work But Haven’t Proved to be Too Reliable Anymore
  • The Canon AE-1 Was Very Popular and Easier to Fix / Squeaky Shutter Gearing
  • Did the Canon AE-1 Motivate Nikon to Make the FM and FE?
  • Polaroid Was the Most Innovative Camera Company in the 1970s / Polaroid Big Shot
  • Polaroid Made the First Auto Focus SLR / Polaroid SX-70 OneStep Sonar /  Polaroid Put Batteries in their Film / Tips for Owning a Polaroid SX-70
  • 110 Film Was One of the Great Advancements of the 1970s!
  • Pentax Auto 110 / Canon 110ED /  Why Did Kodak Switch from 126 to 110?
  • Kodak’s Smaller Film Formats Forced Them to Make Better Film
  • Home Developing 110 Film Using 16mm Reels /  How to Scan 110 Film Using Picture Frames
  • Cameras We Love, Hate, and Think are Special
  • Nikonos III, Canon AE-1, Konica Auto-Reflex / Yashica Electro 35 GSN / Rolleiflex 3.5F / Nikon FE, Minolta XE-5, Canon AE-1, Nikon EM
  • Rollei 35 T, Olympus Trip 35, Peafowl DF-1 /  Nikon F2, Olympus OM-1, Canon A1, Alpa 11 / Bronica S2A, Mamiya 1000DTL
  • Mamiya Press 23, Mamiya RB67 / Nikon F2, Nikon EL2, Miranda dx-3 / Pentax K1000 / Leicaflex SL2
  • Leica R-Mount SLRs / Brian Long’s Leica R-Series Book / Leica R-Mount Lenses Are Getting More Expensive


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