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Song Parodies -> "Nikkormat FT-2 (They Don't Make Cameras They Used To)"

Original Song Title:

"57 Chevrolet (They Don't Make Cars They Used To)"

Original Performer:

Billie Jo Spears

Parody Song Title:

"Nikkormat FT-2 (They Don't Make Cameras They Used To)"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Come and look at this old faded photograph.
I shot it back in nineteen - eighty one;
It's a picture taken with my trusty Nikkormat
I saved my pennies to buy it when I was young

Although it is just entry-level SLR
it taught me how to do photography
Aperture, shutter, and the focus near and far
everything is done all manually

They don't make cameras like they used to.
They're mostly plastic crap they make today -
The photos I first shot with it,
The good pics I'm still taking:
I owe it to that old Nikkormat FT-2.

It's been with me where-ever I've been travelling on
It has been with me for almost thirty years
It's been with me at leisure, work, at sea and home
Now all those memories bring my eyes in tears

Now I have made the change to Nikon's digital
Film is hard to find anymore.
But I always use the focus mode as manual
it's that the way I get the perfect score!

They don't make cameras like they used to.
They're mostly plastic crap they make today -
The photos I first shot with it,
The good pics I'm still taking:
I owe it to that old Nikkormat FT-2.

I owe it to that old Nikkormat FT-2.
The original song can be found here.

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Patrick - September 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to take a lot of photos with a cheap plastic box camera I got for sending in candy wrappers. Like you said, film is hard to find. No large retail stores sell it. All you can find are digitals. Have to have a computer to look at the pictures. Some places have single use disposable cameras. Seems like a waste to me. Second hand junk shops are full of functional 35mm cameras for $2 each. Have taken some very good pictures with them. Some outfit in Netherlands was trying to revive the Polaroid. I think Sony makes an Instax, too.
Rob Arndt - September 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Nice work Susanna-555!!! There's nothing better to me than my Leica. Most people in the world don't know that Leica started to move Jews to foreign offices before Sept '39 saving hundreds of lives and also during the war the Leitz (firm's leader) family helped hundreds more cross borders to Switzerland and also saved as many Jews as they could for manufacture of Leica optics used by the German military! Family memebers were arrested by the Gestapo, but they all survived the war. One of the shining moments if the Anti-Hitler movement in Germany. Leica's contribution is known as "The Freedom Train".
Susanna Viljanen - September 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow! Leicas and Hasselblads are among the most appreciated cameras there are. I'm pretty sure yours has served you for decades

I bought my Nikkormat FT-2 when I was on fourth grade. It was an awfully expensive investment for a child, but my father said it would be a camera for the rest of my life, and it has been so. Dad taught me on photography, and the same Christmas I got me a photography book as present. I then bought lenses every now and then, and learned to shoot.

My Nikkormat has served me extremely well. It has been with me at land, sea and air (yup!), and I have shot with it at both home, work and holidays. When I worked as a journalist years ago, I used it as my tool. So far the last time I have used it was the Aviators' Midsummer 2012 (this June) in Kauhava, Finland. Unfortunately film is becoming scarcier and scarcier, and I now use Nikon D200 as my instrument. But I can get far better results with the fully manual Tamron SP 60-300 Adaptall 2 lens than with modern autofocus lenses.
Meriadoc - September 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I found a bunch of black and white photos in my old art folder in the basement last summer - everything was mildewed but the photos survived as they were in a plastic bag. They were taken with... a shoebox!, but still looked great.
MasonR - September 24, 2012 - Report this comment
As someone who works in the photo industry I absolutely love this parody!

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