100 greatest cameras of all time
The question of what makes a camera truly great has come up a lot during the making of this supplement and I believe it can be many things.
The camera that first got you into photography is likely to be considered great in your book, as will any camera you have enjoyed taking pictures with over the years or the model you’ve always dreamed of owning.
At the same time, cameras that have achieved great milestones can be considered great, such as the Hasselblad 500EL that was taken to the moon by Neil Armstrong, or the Minolta 7000 that introduced the first full autofocus system.
I feel that both these reasons are equally important, but the decision should be a personal one to you, which is why this poll was populated entirely by the votes of AP readers. After all, these results were never intended to be based on sales figures or accolades alone.
We explain how the voting took place and look at the facts and figures behind the results
To start with we devised a list of the cameras we considered to be popular and influential among Amateur Photographer readers.
This list stretched to more than 800 cameras and became the basis for our online poll. Readers were then asked to log on and cast a maximum of three votes for the camera they consider to be the greatest of all time.
Alongside the selected 800-plus cameras, users were free to input the name of any camera they wished, while postal votes were also accepted and entered into the database. Over a period of four weeks, almost 15,000 votes were cast and a total of 709 different models voted for.