Why Do We Love Photography? A Thirty Somethings Photographic Journey. The early years 1976-1986 Part Nine
The ninth and final portion of my look back at my photographic history between the years 1976 and 1986 focuses (no pun intended) on those lovable disposable cameras. Disposable cameras can still be found in grocery stores and pharmacies today, but I don’t believe them to be as popular as they were in the age of film cameras. The most popular brands of disposable film cameras were Fuji and Kodak which were and still are also camera film making companies. One of the strongest benefits of the disposable camera was their very affordable price. A few dollars could buy you one and you could tuck it in your pocket for a trip to the zoo or local waterpark.
Disposable cameras have taken a back seat in recent years to really small digital cameras, but back in the day they were very convenient because you could drop them off at the store and get your prints back relatively quick. Also, if properly wiped down, they could withstand a reasonable amount of moisture unlike other cameras. There were several downsides to disposable cameras. For starters, the flashes (if yours had one) were really weak with not much output distance. Terrible if you’re in a poorly lit building or at night. Also, you sure as heck didn’t want to leave them in a warm spot for very long or the film inside would melt and the camera was finished. They also did not have zooming capability so you better have taken that snap shot really close to the target or your pictures would come out blurry or just plain unrecognizable. Still, the disposable camera serves its purpose a cheaper option for situations in which you didn’t want to drag along your favorite camera.
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