I’m old enough to remember when flashes were first built into cameras, at least, on the consumer side of it.
Of course, the original method of artificially illuminating a scene predates even my grandparents’ early years. A tray full of explosive powder would be ignited a moment after the shutter was opened, and the exposure would be made. Compared to this method, disposable flash bulbs were a significant technological advance. I specifically remember the “Flip Flash,” a bar containing ten bulbs, five of which could be fired before the bar had to be dislodged from the camera and flipped a 180° in order to use the remaining five.
I recall that smaller point-and-shoot cameras had built-in flashes a few years before SLRs did, but a little research has me surprised to learn that Nikon had a built-in flash on an SLR as early as 1987, but it wasn’t a pop-up flash. I remember those being introduced right around the time I started working at Delaware Camera in the mid-90s. The first one I remember is the Canon EOS Rebel, but that model, from what the TV commercial shows, required the user to actually physically lift the flash up into place, rather than the flash popping up on its own. I believe the successor to that model, the EOS Rebel IIs, worked the same way.
At any rate, my wife was lovely enough to find me a good deal on a new 32GB SD card, one with a high read/write speed, for my camera, and I went ahead and fired a few shots onto it this week for the in-camera flash assignment. The link is below.
|ESC Assignment 1028 – in-camera flash|