It's no secret that digital cameras now dominate the field of photography. So it's not really a surprise that Canon has said it would halt development of new film cameras, following a similar announcement by Nikon earlier in the year.
With those two heavyweights pulling back, we offer this look at film cameras from not so long ago.
This Mamiya Super Deluxe range finder camera was released in November 1964 and had a relatively fast f/1.5 Mamiya-Sekor lens. The lens also featured a mechanical self-timer that lasted about five seconds. Aperture and shutter speed also were set mechanically on the lens. Because it was a range finder, a photographer would focus by twisting the dial on the lens ring until a little yellow box in the center of the image appeared to line up with the rest of the image.
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