Why Do We Love Photography? A Thirty Somethings Photographic Journey. The early years 1976-1986 Part Five
In the early 1980s, it seemed like new and exciting things were coming out in the stores every week. Still many of the treasures and things we had around the house in those days were found by going to garage or estate sales or making a trip to the local swap meet aka flea market. Saturday mornings might include an early wake up to jump in the vehicle and go bargain hunting with the parents for garage sale items we couldn’t live without or just plain junk in my eyes. Those trips to garage sales produced things that we would normally not be able to afford otherwise including video cameras, video game consoles, action figures (Transformers, G.I.JOE, Masters of the Universe, etc.) and yes even still cameras and parts.
Although we couldn’t make up our mind at the time which was better between Betamax or VCR or even Microwave Ovens compared to the old school large ovens, the days of automatic Polaroids were numbered and 35mm still film cameras were “the wave of the future”. Much like Compact Discs were so much more convenient than say LP records or dare I say 8-tracks, 35mm film cameras simply could take better quality pictures than the old automatic instant picture point and clicks.
Despite the fear of overexposure looming large from accidentally opening up the camera, the increased control and experimentation opportunities of film cameras made them exciting to have back then. The 1983 Olympus OM-3 was an SLR camera like my dad’s Minolta with shutter control and exposure timing, but had an even cooler feature known as an automatic lens. This was a huge improvement and big step up from having to do it all yourself.