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Tony Zenser

Sitting on a shelf is freshman camera collector Tony Zenser’s original Canon F1, designed for shooting sports and press photography.


What better way to freeze the moment than take pictures on a vintage camera? Cameras are more complex than taking pictures on a phone, allowing users to consider the art form behind photography.

“Using vintage cameras requires a greater appreciation and understanding of cameras, film and exposure,” photography teacher Katy Mangrich said.

Although messing around with old cameras is fun, how practical is it? Most pictures taken on vintage cameras cannot be transferred to other devices as there’s only a physical copy of them. This can make it hard to post photos to social media sites and send them to friends. 

“I am personally not a huge social media person. But, honestly, I feel that our society overshares,” Mangrich said. “The thought and the art-making process is removed when we can just click, upload and share.”

Despite issues with transferring pictures to social media, vintage photos come out looking very clear and are the perfect way to remember the moment. Physical photos can be hung up to make fun collages or photo walls as decor. Other people like to have copies to store away and look back at years from now. 

“I like to go through old family photos because you get to see how your family how they were when they were young and it gives you like a little window into their world,” freshman Emily Kate Beach said.

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