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Kid’s React Hilariously To An Old Film Camera

By Hanssie on November 11th 2014

“When I was your age, I walked to school. In the snow. Barefoot. Uphill. Both ways.”

If you’ve uttered this statement (or something similar), you know what it’s like to have to explain to children these days how good they have it today. Even writing that line makes me feel old, but the following video is a hilarious look at a group of kids and their reactions to an old film camera. And by “old film camera,” I mean a circa 1998 Canon Sure Shot 35mm. Not that old…at least not in my book.

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The 7 minutes of confusion and hilarity is an episode in a humorous series by TheFineBros titled React. This installment show kids reacting to technology, specifically, the old camera. Most of the kids, around the elementary school age could identify the camera (one thought it was a GoPro), but the utter confusion at the fact that the camera needed, as one child adorably refers it, “photo fluid” (film), sent them into a flurry of bewilderment and wondering why did “things have to be so hard back then?”

Imagine their complete surprise that after they took their selfie, they were not able to see the photo instantly. The look on their faces when it was explained that they would have to actually take the film into a store and wait an hour before seeing the photo is priceless…and will make you feel ancient.


Nevertheless, the video is worth a watch for a good laugh, and maybe to cry a little on the inside. I’m going to submit my AARP application now…right after Wheel of Fortune.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Luis Costa

    I was laughing and feeling old… that’s kind of a good thing.
    Lovely video!

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  2. Matthew Riley

    My mother developed a roll of film once and it had my 1st birthday, 5th birthday, and my 8th grade graduation on it. Guess this is why there are no pictures of me.

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  3. Kim Farrelly

    My two little ones kept swiping screens on non iPhones for a while wondering why the phone wasn’t working. Mind you I have to admit that I still catch myself having the odd, sneaky ‘ oh yeah’ moment when I shoot my old 35mm and look to see the histogram etc…
    Perhaps proof you never really grow up?

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  4. Peter Nord

    I sold all my Leica and Nikon film cameras. Saved my old Speed Graphic and an old Retina my grandfather gave me back in the 50s. Then a friend said let’s have lunch. He showed up with a bag. “I thought you’d know what to do with these,” he said. Now I have bunch more old cameras. I had no idea what to do with them, until now. I’m going to give them to my grandchildren, who like the kids in the video have no idea. I’ll include a roll of film too. Maybe I’ll leave the batteries for their parents who sometimes drove me nuts when they were young. Ah ha!

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  5. Daniel Thullen

    Ah, the good old days . . .before instant gratification. I still have my 1980s Canon AE1 35mm film camera to help me remember a simpler time when we composed a shot in the camera, not in post processing.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I still use my Canon A-1 that I bought in 1980. Times were simpler then. My 5D has more controls than my A-1 and F-1N.

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  6. Steven Pellegrino

    Today you’re lucky to find a place that can develop film in an hour. An hour would be a luxury!

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  7. Ian Moss

    Hahaha. OK, so they don’t know what a film is. How many actually know what happens in an SD card?

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  8. Dre Rolle

    Hilarious, I still have that camera back home. The struggle was real back in the day.

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  9. Hannes Nitzsche

    hilarious! thanks for sharing :)

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