Ever since the iPad 2 got the front and rear-facing cameras that were missing in the original iPad, something of a meme has developed that nobody who valued their cool would actually use the
rear-facing camera for fear of looking hopelessly dorky. And users who refrained from using the iPad 2′s two megapixel camera weren’t actually missing out on a whole lot, photographically speaking.
That said, I have found the camera in my iPad 2 more useful than I had expected it to be, and it’s been used to capture moments and memories that otherwise would’ve gone unrecorded. If I’ve looked
like a dork while using it to take those shots, too bad. Who decides this stuff anyway?
I grew up in the era when the hulking Graflex Speed Graphic was in the last stages of being supplanted as the dominant portable press and professional camera by first the 6×6 cm roll film twin lens
reflex that was typified by the German Rolleiflex (still available at B&H Camera for a
suck-in-your-breath $5,339) and Rolleicord, and later by the 35mm single lens reflex.
Some of the best and most memorable photographic images from the 1930s through the end of the 1950s were taken with those big Graflexes, which were produced from 1912 to 1973, even though in terms
of bulk and heft they make an iPad look like a miniature camera. (For Speed Graphic photo and info, visit graflex.org.)