California Museum of Photography: Digicam exhibition

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California Museum of Photography: Digicam exhibition

Post by Webmaster » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:19 pm

Just came across this one, at the California Museum of Photography: The end of film - a brief history of digital cameras 1987-2009

http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/

(Click on Exhibitions > Current in the left menu)

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"This exhibition represents the second in a series of presentations of the riches of David Whitmire Hearst Jr.’s extraordinary, encyclopedic camera collection. The first exhibition, Leica & Hasselblad, explored the two most precision-made handheld cameras of the 20th century, cameras that captured many of the iconic images of the modern world. But the film cameras that defined the last century began to be replaced at the turn of the 21st century with a new device for recording optical reality, a device that has now become the primary visual recording instrument of our time: the digital camera."

The most interesting piece of equipment (imo) is an original Kodak DCS:

"Bulky but powerful, the Kodak DCS was the first digital SLR camera, and was marketed to photojournalists and professional photographers. Kodak used a Nikon F3 body with a modified digital back and winder, which tethered to the Kodak Digital Storage Unit, a 200-megabyte hard drive with a small viewing screen. An attachable keyboard allowed the photographer to add notes to the digital file. Because of its unwieldy size and hefty price, the camera was not popular, and less than 1000 cameras sold by the time the camera was discontinued. In 1993, Kodak released an improved DCS camera, the DCS 200, which was another Nikon-bodied digital camera that eliminated the need for the cumbersome external drive."

There's also a Minolta RD-175, a Nikon D1 and several other (but less interesting) cameras presented.

Jarle

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