So mechanical cameras were simple right?

There were various types of analog cameras, but the simplest were mechanical cameras, that contained no electronics at all. That means everything that happened inside was mechanical in nature. Not that much really happened, I mean the mechanisms basically moved the film forward, set the film and shutter speeds, and set/activated the shutter mechanism (and move the mirror). But these mechanisms were inherently complex, and the cameras themselves were typically built by hand. A plan view of an Exakta VX1000 camera shows how simple it was…

… but the workings inside were another matter altogether – which was basically comprised of a whole lot of sprockets, rods, and some levers. Things got even more complicated once electronics were introduced.

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