If we skip the centuries that “Camera Obscura” has existed, we can narrow the history of photography down to nearly 200 years. In all this time, a lot of curious things have happened to our beloved pastime. This time we'll relax a bit and get into some weird facts about photography that will probably surprise you. Enjoy!
Canon and Nikon were friends
Before reflex technology, rangefinder cameras were pretty much the standard. For some years, Canon used lenses from the “Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha” company, which later became Nikon Corporation, like the Canon S from 1938.
There are 12 Hasselblad Cameras on the Surface of the Moon
Hasselblad was a great NASA favorite in the early space missions due to their interchangeable lenses and magazines, as well as the build quality of the gear. The cameras that shot the surface of the moon during the Apollo Program were sacrificed in the name of science to allow 25 kg of lunar rock samples a seat in the back travel to Earth. Thankfully, the film magazines were brought back as well.
The Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7
Have you ever wondered what the fastest lens around is? Well, the answer to that has a name and a history as well. The Carl Zeiss Plannar 50mm f0.7 was crafted thanks to the blueprints of the Zeiss Jena UR-Objektive 70mm f/1,0, which landed in U.S. hands as a result of Operation Paperclip. Ten lenses were made, 6 for NASA, 1 for Zeiss, and the other 3 were acquired by Stanley Kubrick for a pretty curious purpose. They were used to film Barry Lyndon, some scenes of which were lit only by candlelight.