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Camera Anatomy
Well another grandiose title for a subject that will be presented here in greatly simplified form. All cameras basically consist of a light tight box with light sensitive material at one end and a lens at the opposite end, well okay not pin hole cameras - they do without the lens. Within that basic concept are a number of ways of achieving the same end, below are what I consider to be the six principle forms of camera in common circulation. Although bear in mind that a considerable degree of cross fertilization exists between these types, eg. bellows cameras fitted with rangefinders.

Box Cameras

Folding Bellows Cameras

Viewfinder Cameras

Rangefinder Cameras

Twin Lens Reflex Cameras

Single Lens Reflex Cameras

 

 

 Plate Cameras

Shutter Mechanisms

 Aperture/Diaphragm

 

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