Longtime photojournalist Rob Galbraith has a very interesting look back at a $17,000 camera and the the shadowy world of digital photography as it was in 1994.
At $10,000 and up, state-of-the-art cameras like those early Kodak hybrid models were way out of my league back in the 1990’s. (I made do with the Canon XapShot still video camera and a clunky Kodak DC-40, both borrowed from work whenever I had the chance.) But as primitive as they were by today’s standards, their line of hybrid SLRs showed the potential of digital photography both for photographic professionals and, someday not that far off, for everyday users. In many ways they’re the spiritual predecessors of today’s digital SLRs, including my faithful Canon 10D.