Staple of photography

It seems to me that everyone who owns classic cameras – whether to collect them or to use them – takes an awful lot of pictures of their cameras. I’m no exception. A few years back I photographed all of my cameras against a white backdrop and illuminated with a shoot-through umbrella. Like this.

Canon AE-1 Program
Canon AE-1 Program

I’ve got more cameras since then and I don’t have photographs of all of them. I also got bored of the high-key style and annoyed by the visible tripod mount, so I decided to re-take all the pictures in a low-key style without using a tripod to support them. I won’t bore you with all of the photos here, but please allow me to introduce the family photo of my Canon FD kit. Notably absent is my Canon T90, which was being used to photograph the other cameras. Its smooth body isn’t as pretty as the angular casing on the older SLRs anyway.

Canon FD equipment
Canon FD equipment

If you want to see the rest of the pictures, they’re on my Cameras page. For those who are interested in how I took these pictures, I placed the cameras on a sheet of reflective black perspex, used a black backdrop quite far behind and lit the cameras with two snooted flashguns. The photos were taken with my digital Canon EOS 600D with Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, and Canon T90 with Canon FD 135mm f/3.5 short telephoto lens.

Setup shot
Setup shot

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