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How digital cameras came to replace film

Why have digital cameras replaced film cameras?  Because they are faster, have a much higher picture resolution & quality, easier to use and most of all - you get instant results - no photo processing required!  Let us take a quick tour of the history of the camera.

Initially, back in the good old days, we had  photo-sensitive chemicals which etched images on glass plates called daguerreotypes.  Invented in 1839, it was a photographic process where a picture was made on a silver surface sensitized to light and developed with iodine exposed to mercury vapor. Today this dangerous type of photo processing is history. But this type of chemical processing would improve over the next 150 years from black & white and eventually to color slides and paper images.

A print of a daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln, photographed by Nicholas H. Shepherd, a law student in Lincoln's office from 1845 to 1847 taken in 1846.
Time marches on. The Kodak box camera had vied to replace sheet film for a more compact size containing a roll of film allowing many pictures to be taken before processing was required; thus, opening up photography to the masses. During this time, Kodak captured and prospered greatly in the new market of photo finishing centers where the film negative was processed, and transferred to photographic paper for customer pickup.

 Kodak Box Brownie No 2, circa 1919

Later came marginally better viewfinders and a much smaller 35mm film format which revolutionized the photo industry again.  With the  smaller size of film and camera, there was greater convenience and ease of use.

Kodak Instamatic 100 with flashbulb 1963

The introduction of Polaroid's instant photography was the beginning of the end of using film to take pictures. This is where the whole idea of getting-your-pictures-now, instantly, without waiting became a reality for many camera enthusiast.  The rest the story is now history!
 

Polaroid Instant Photos...
The beginning of the end of film photography

Polaroid SX70 The true instant camera

 
 
Single lens reflex cameras (SLR), circa 1963, combined the two viewers into one called through-the-lens-viewfinder; such that, what-you-see-is-what-you-get. This feature again made the camera easier to use with better picture quality due to advancements in higher grain film resolutions.

With through-the-lens viewing and the ability to focus, interchangeable lenses were introduced that allowed macro close-up photography and a large assortment of telephoto lenses with filters as add-on devices.

Nikomat FT interchangeable lens - 1963

Today, in the new millennium, we have made a quantum leap in photo technology history. Now, we not only can take photos with our camera without external mountable lenses, but we can also can take videos!  No film, no videotape!  Everything is stored on a tiny wafer called an SD chip which can hold 100's digital photographs and hours of hi-def digital video.

In the history of photographic technological development we have accelerated our capabilities at an exponential rate since 1980's due to the advent of the moon landings, personal computers and the creation of the Internet. Truly amazing!

Canon HF 100 shoots hours of video and 100's of photos on one tiny SDHC Class 6 chip - 2008

Photographic Power is Now in Your Hands

What should you do with all this photographic power?  Get busy gathering all your old 35mm slides, negatives and photographs and convert them to digital images before they all disappear!  Right now your photographic heritage is deteriorating due to the ravages of time caused by heat, humidity and improper storage. Probably many of your images have been lost or distributed where you don't even know where they are at.  Now is the time to take charge and make the effort to preserve you photographic heritage for future generations to enjoy.  Think about it, for the first time in history every human being on the planet can leave and pass on a digital photographic legacy of their family.  Protected from loss by having the ability to make copies on storage mediums like CD/DVD disks and distributed among family and friends via the Internet.  Even if your copy becomes lost you can have a duplicate made from one of the duplicates.  Its cheap, easily replicated and fun to do!

At this moment, most likely all your photos are stuffed away in some dark corner of a closet.  Those precious memories could be wiped out by rising water, fire, tornado or hurricane.  Can you see how having the ability to transform all your slides, negatives and prints into digital images can give you a piece of mind.  Knowing that you old photographs are not lost for future generations to enjoy?  Now is the time to take a closer look at ShotCopy and what it can do for you and your family.  Its easy - its fun - a family project the whole family can enjoy.