That’s one of the topics for my class presentation next week. The answer is quite simple. German and other European camera manufacturers made cameras that were complex and often with leaf shutters. Zeiss has been making optics for over 100 years now and the quality to this day is very good.
But Japanese camera companies started making modular and simple cameras with a focal plane shutter that allowed the parts to be mass produced and the parts interchangeable. During and after the Vietnam war, US servicemen would take their vacations in Japan and buy these cameras, flooding the market.
After that, many people grew up using Canon, Nikon and forgetting to use the complex German systems. Exception has been Leica, but they were and still are expensive, costing many times over what a comparable Japanese camera costs.
Browsing through my books and finding this article in a NYT travel book I learned about the San Francisco Noir style. I’ve heard of it in passing but never gave it much thought until I thought that it’s a perfect setting for my photography, film and trying out Black and White photos.
Just staying home and playing with toys, planning trips and watching YouTube.
Surprisingly the Fuji wifi function works very well, so there’s no need to buy and cables or accessories to upload photos.
Muddy day to go for a walk in the park. Sadly this mud just gets everywhere and once it sticks to the boots it’s impossible to not bring it home. Have to keep the boots in the car.
This morning I was heading out the door and the car windows were gently frozen over. The sky was clear and the air crisp. I wish I was out in the fields with my camera and shooting the steam rising over the grass.
Walk along the river on a cold crisp day.
First snow of the year and went out for a walk to the local park in Putney. Not much snow in this photo, but was a nice hike.
Went to Liverpool for a few days. Was a nice city to visit and was happy that there was a few days of nice winter weather.